NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
As part of the accreditation, the organisation - which is made up of Salford GPs who, with support of other healthcare colleagues, decide how to spend the NHS budget on health services for Salford - has committed to pay both its direct employees and any third-party contracted staff at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour.
The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. It is paid on a voluntary basis by employers and is updated annually. The living wage rate was raised on 5 November 2017 to be set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £10.20 an hour for staff that are based in London. The higher London living wage rate is to reflect the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.
The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national minimum wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national minimum wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour for over 25s.
Salford CCG’s accreditation this week correlates with Living Wage Week, which is running between 5 and 11 November 2017.
Anthony Hassall, chief accountable officer, said: “Being a real living wage employer recognises the value we place on our dedicated employees and the hard work that they do in making sure the people of Salford have access to the very best health care services. Accreditation as a living wage employer will hopefully strengthen our position as a responsible employer and employer of choice, whereby we are able to recruit and retain the best talent.”