What is LWE?
The Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of base pay and provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets the basic cost of living in the UK and London.
At Alarm Response and Keyholding Ltd, we are committed to our staff. If we invest in our employees, our customers will see the benefit in the service levels that are provided. The Living Wage rate is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation. The government’s minimum wage rate is mandatory and separate from this and it’s ‘national living wage’ is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live.
The Security Industry is synonymous with the minimum wage and being driven by annual changes each October. ARK believes in the concept of living rather than just existing. A Living Wage employer goes above and beyond the minimum because a fair day’s work deserves a fair day pay. ARK pay all staff in line with the living wage and we encourage all of our Service Partners to do the same if possible.
We’re a firm believer in that you get what you pay for and with this in mind can we expect Security Officers being paid a minimum wage to provide the five-star service that we all expect, and that ARK aims to deliver?
To raise the standards within our industry, we need to be looking to pay an amount to attract and retain good people to work in the Security Industry.
The LWC Mission
The Living Wage Campaign called for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life.
They are the organisation at the heart of the independent movement of people that campaign for the idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. They celebrate and recognise the leadership of responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum.
More about the Living Wage Company
Whilst ARK has voluntarily opted to become a Living Wage Employer, the scheme is open to all companies. Take a look at how the scheme could benefit your workplace right here.
The organisation was established in 2011, publishes an annual Living Wage figure and accredits employers who pay the wage. From November 2017 the Living Wage rate is £8.75 per hour outside London and £10.20 per hour within London, a 3.6% increase on the previous year’s figures. To learn more about the Living Wage Company visit their website.