University a Living Wage leader

Posted on Monday 3rd November 2014

The University of Bolton is now an accredited Living Wage employer. It is one of the first North West universities to be an accredited Living Wage employer and one of the first employers within the town of Bolton to adopt the scheme.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently, reviewed annually and is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

The announcement follows a recommendation approved by the University Board of Governors and an informal discussion with the trade unions earlier this month.

The University will implement the Living Wage with effect from 1 November 2014 and will be an accredited Living Wage employer from that date.

Said Director of Human Resources, Chris McClelland: ‘The University is committed to providing pay and conditions of employment and a working environment that support us being an attractive employer, both locally and nationally. We are aware of how wider economic pressures have affected people and hope this will go some way towards helping our lowest paid employees. But beyond this, we believe we are taking a strong moral and ethical stand and are showing our commitment to our local community.’

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