Category: accreditation, Social Mobility, Aviva, Living Wage, Real Living Wage, living hours, living hours employer
We’re proud to announce that, along with Standard Life Aberdeen, we’ve become the first accredited Living Hours employers.
Since April 2014 we’ve been a Living Wage employer, paying our employees the real Living Wage – currently £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London. This new accreditation means we will also provide them with a guaranteed and stable minimum number of working hours each week.
The Living Hours programme sets a new standard for employers seeking to go beyond the Living Wage in their commitment to decent work. As an accredited employer, we’ve committed to providing at least four weeks’ notice for every shift, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period. We’ll also provide a guaranteed minimum of 16 working hours every week (unless the worker requests otherwise), and a contract that accurately reflects hours worked.
These Living Hours accreditations come amid strong public support for such measures during the pandemic. New polling conducted for the Living Wage Foundation shows that 84% of adults think that businesses should be required to offer guaranteed, regular shift patterns or number and frequency of working hours.
The new Living Hours standard reflects the fact that since the Living Wage campaign began in 2001, the shape of low-paid work has changed. There has been a well-documented rise in insecurity, with over 5 million workers in low-paid and insecure work on the eve of the pandemic. Since the pandemic began insecure work has become more prevalent among both key workers, who have kept the economy going, and low-paid service workers whose jobs have been most disrupted by lockdowns.
"It’s time to put an end to insecure working contracts with unpredictable hours. Now more than ever, with so many facing uncertainty, being unable to rely on a steady income - even in the short term - is adding to the stress people are experiencing. Living Hours play a crucial role in providing people with financial security, clarity and certainty."
VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work
environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your
diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email
email@example.com for more information.
Did you know that users who have filled in their profile details are 42 times more likely to get matched with the right employer?
Help us find the best workplace for you by sharing more about yourself.
We will never disclose your information with others.
We re proud to share that four of our people have been named in the 2020 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists.
Danny Harmer, our Chief People Officer, Jason Windsor, our Chief Financial Officer, Angela...
Many of our people are juggling their job with caring responsibilities and home schooling so, like the first lockdown, we will continue to pay everyone in full regardless of the hours they are able t...
Cultural diversity is so important to our success. And we want everyone we work with to be empowered to be themselves. Which is why we created our Origins Community Group to bring people from across t...