19 May 2016

Low paid workers cleaning council buildings will soon be paid the Living Wage Foundation rate due to a new contract introduced by Sheffield City Council.

The council specified that workers must be paid, at a minimum, the April 2016 Living Wage Foundation rate as part of a new contract it has commissioned.

Around 160 people are expected to benefit from this and will earn a minimum of £8.25 per hour – £1.05 more than the Government’s new minimum wage. This means almost £2,000 extra a year for a full-time worker.

Councillor Ben Curran, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for resources and finance, said: “The living wage means more money in people’s pockets and means they’re able to do the things they need to do – like putting food on the table and being able to afford to heat their homes.

“I’m committed to doing everything we can to encourage employers to pay their workers the living wage which is why it’s included in this new contract.

“This is about making things better for people on low pay in Sheffield. I know times are hard for many businesses so we’ve also introduced a new business rate relief to help those signing up to pay the living wage.”

Cordant Cleaning Limited will deliver the council’s cleaning contract from 1 July 2016 for three years. The authority’s current contract with Kier will end on 30 June.

Guy Pakenham, managing director at Cordant Cleaning, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the city council and look forward to a successful partnership that raises standards, implements innovative cleaning solutions and enhances our Corporate Social Responsibility. We have commenced the TUPE process and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues. We have a number of regional managers who are also excited about providing excellent customer service across all the City’s public buildings.”

Sheffield City Council was one of the first councils to pay its own staff the living wage and encourages others to pay this. Earlier this year it became the first Core City in the country, and the only council in Yorkshire, to offer a business rate discount to firms paying their workers the Living Wage Foundation rate. Visit www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/council-plan-to-boost-wages-for-lower-paid-workers for more information.