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Trust introduces living wage for all staff

We  have become one of a small number of Trusts in the West Midlands to adopt the living wage for all our employees. This means that nearly 100 of our staff will see an immediate increase in their salary.

The decision to pay the living wage of £7.85 per hour will see all staff earning less than the living wage being paid a minimum of £7.85 with effect from 1st October 2015.

In addition, we have increased the rate of pay for health care support workers, facilities and administrative staff, and those workers on the Trust 'bank', (the Trust's internal employment agency which engages workers on a temporary/ad-hoc basis), to reflect NHS Agenda for Change pay rates.

Staff Side Chair, Phil Cole said, "Many health care, facilities and administration staff find it hard to make ends meet, so staff side welcomes the Trust's decision to ensure all our staff will receive the living wage as a minimum."

Trust Chief Executive, Karen Dowman said, "We often talk about staff being our greatest asset, so I am proud that we have taken the decision as quickly as possible to recognise that we need to pay our staff a living wage to help them to increase their standard of living. Paying the living wage is good for the Trust, good for the individual and good for society."

The living wage is a voluntary scheme to encourage employers to raise the pay of those on the lowest incomes, to ensure that it covers the basic cost of living. The hourly rate, currently £7.85 per hour for those outside London, is set independently and updated annually.