Families often face impossible choices between food, heating and paying the rent, and a commitment to a living wage goes some way to help with this. Helping to ensure everyone has access to housing and basic services is also a key tenet to building sustainable cities and communities.
The real Living Wage is voluntarily paid by numerous companies across the UK, including Nationwide. We’ve been an accredited Living Wage Employer and a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation since 2014, paying the real Living Wage to not only all our permanent employees, but also our contingent workforce, to ensure pay parity across the Society. We also encourage our third-party suppliers to pay, at a minimum, real living wages and to become accredited Living Wage Employers.
Laura Faulkner, our Director of Shared Services, joined the Advisory Council in 2019 on behalf of Nationwide to shape the future of the Living Wage Foundation’s activities and look for ways we at Nationwide can further support. Over this last year, with the unprecedented challenges we’ve all faced, the real Living Wage has made a difference during times of uncertainty. It’s often the lowest-paid workers in our society that feel the effects of such uncertainty the hardest, so it’s important that we continue to support campaigns like this.