Since the 1 April 2022 all EMCOR UK employees are now being paid the Real Living Wage or above.
The move comes over a year earlier than planned to help ease the impact of the recent increase in the cost of living for EMCOR UK staff.
EMCOR UK was accredited as a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider in May 2021 and committed to pay the Real Living Wage to its employees that worked in facilities leased to and occupied by the company; to promote the adoption of the Real Living Wage to existing and potential customers and supply chain partners; and to submit a separately costed Living Wage bid where possible.
EMCOR UK’s ultimate aim was to pay all its 4,170 employees the Real Living Wage or above within two years of becoming a Recognised Service Provider. Over the last year, EMCOR UK developed a number of internal strategies to accelerate the implementation of the Real Living Wage for all its employees and successfully transitioned existing customer accounts to the Real Living Wage and included Real Living Wage options in all its tenders, achieving its goal in under a year.
Keith Chanter, CEO of EMCOR UK, said: “We are extremely proud that we are now paying all our employees the Real Living Wage or above and that we have achieved this within a year of becoming a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider. This really is an outstanding achievement which supports our ambition to create a better world at work and to help our employees live more comfortably, especially at a time when the cost of living has significantly increased.”
Nick Coulstock, Head of HR at EMCOR UK, added: “We strive to ensure that we support our employees in as many ways as possible and the response from our colleagues to these changes has been extremely positive, making a real difference to their standard of living and wellbeing.”
The Real Living Wage is calculated annually according to the basic cost of living in the UK and expressed as an hourly wage rate for both inside and outside London.
From 1 April 2022, the statutory National Living Wage for 21-22 year olds increased to £9.18 per hour and for 23 year olds and over to £9.50 per hour. The voluntary Real Living Wage increased to £9.90 per hour across the UK and £11.05 in London.
Research by the Living Wage Foundation reveals that 80 per cent of employers believe that the paying the Real Living Wage has enhanced the quality of the work of their employees, while absenteeism has fallen by approximately 25 per cent, and 75 per cent say it has increased employee motivation and retention rates.