Why we continue to invest in paying our colleagues the Real Living Wage

By Claire Watson, HR Director

It’s been fascinating watching the Living Wage celebrations really take off on social media this week. When we joined the Living Wage Foundation in 2015, it felt like the right thing to do because Mabey people work hard and deserve to be paid fairly for doing so.

The new rate of £9.00 an hour (for UK employees outside of central London) was announced this week, which is £1.17 above the government-set national living wage. We will be implementing an increase to our hourly rate from 1st December for close to 100 of our colleagues. That means our colleagues will be earning over £2,000 a year more than their counterparts in other businesses who pay the government-set minimum wage.

But it’s more than just doing the right thing. Alongside our fantastic benefits package, it really helps keep experienced colleagues in our business.

According to a study by life insurance firm LV, a UK worker changes jobs every five years. In Mabey – UK Hire, nearly half of our employees have been with our business for over ten years. Having a workforce who feel fairly rewarded helps us keep that experience in our business, and that benefits us massively. We really can call ourselves the experts at what we do because of the experts we have working here.

As we look to grow our team further, we’ll be shouting about the fact that we are part of the movement of over 4,700 businesses that pay the Real Living Wage, not just the government minimum. It makes us more appealing to jobseekers, which means we get great candidates applying to work with us.

For anyone who is interested in joining a business that really values its employees, take a look at our vacancies on our website:

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