This month, the Living Wage Foundation launched the new Living Wage Tech Champions network. The group consists of representatives from across the network of accredited Living Wage Employers in the tech industry. Household names like Moneysupermarket Group, fast-growing digital firms like Feefo, and many other UK tech businesses are involved. Here at Quotevine, we’re proud to be involved too!
What is the Living Wage Foundation?
The Living Wage campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis as it provides an ethical benchmark for responsible pay. The current rates are £9.00 per hour in the UK and £10.55 per hour in London.
Why is their work important?
Around six million employees in the UK earn below the real Living Wage. That’s nearly a quarter of the country’s workforce and includes nearly a third of women, as a result, two thirds of children in poverty have a parent in work.
There are over 210 accredited Living Wage Employers in UK tech. However, the industry is lacking in large accredited employers (over 500 employees), with just seven currently signed up to the scheme.
The Champions network leads on from the great work of the Living Wage in Tech Leadership Group, which previously advised on the overall strategy and direction of the Foundation’s outreach in the tech industry.
Sam Hepher, Programme Manager and tech industry lead at the Living Wage Foundation said:
“We’re very excited to be bringing together such an enthusiastic group of employers who understand the very real problem of in-work poverty. They’ll be setting an example to the rest of an industry where there is still a great deal of low pay.”
Therisa Thompson, HR Manager at Keyzo IT Solutions Ltd, and Chair of the Living Wage Tech Champions network, said:
“I’m really excited to be working with the Living Wage Foundation, chairing the Tech Champions network. As a group, we’re working to encourage more tech companies to become accredited as Living Wage Employers. Since our organisation became an accredited Living Wage Employer in 2017, we’ve become a more people centred business. Our absences have reduced by over 50%, staff turnover is down by 85%, recruitment costs have reduced by around 90% and staff morale has improved.”
Living Wage Tech Champions:
- Amy Coombes, Finance Manager at Netitude
- Craig Hume, Managing Director at Utopia Computers
- Emma Lemon, Head of Design & Marketing at Quotevine
- Georgina Scott, Head of Marketing at Wagestream
- Jaya Chakrabati MBE, CEO at TISCreport
- Lily Howell, Marketing Assistant at Netitude
- Neil Fitzgerald, Head of Reward at Moneysupermarket Group
- Richie Stewart, Head of People at Amiqus Resolution Ltd
- Therisa Thompson, HR Manager at Keyzo IT Solutions Ltd (Chair)
- Vicky Gardner, HR Advisor at Feefo
To find out more about the real Living Wage, and how to become an accredited Living Wage Employer, visit www.livingwage.org.uk, or contact Sam Hepher, Programme Manager at the Living Wage Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.