Its Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at B&M Waste continuing to receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers. As part of the accreditation, B&M Waste will be actively working alongside their direct and indirect supply chain to promote payment of the Living Wage.
B&M Waste Services Director, Neil Curtis commented: “As a family-run company, we care about our employees, customers and the environments in which we operate. We have grown our business to provide recycling-led, Carbon neutral waste services across the UK and our employees are the backbone of our success. They deserve to be recognised for the tremendous hard work they put in and to receive a fair reward for their efforts. Whilst we have already paid a living wage to our employees since its inception in 2016, we wanted to make it official and cement our commitment to fair pay so that we can begin to work alongside our supply chain to actively promote the living wage.”
Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that B&M Waste has joined the movement of over 7,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like B&M Waste, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."