Our pledge to pay a fair wage

Posted May, 2018

RISE recently became the 400th Living Wage employer in Brighton and Hove, pledging our commitment to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

The Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign, launched in 2012 by Brighton Chamber of Commerce, encourages local businesses to voluntarily pay their workforce a fair hourly rate which currently stands at £8.75 per hour. There are now 409 employers who have made the pledge in our city.

RISE CEO Jo Gough explains why we signed up to the Living Wage campaign, and how staff wellbeing impacts our work:

“We believe everyone should be paid a wage comparable to living expenses. This is particularly important in Brighton which has rising house prices and RISE predominantly employs women who frequently experience gender pay discrimination. A strong and happy workforce means we can support women at their most vulnerable point with a positive strength based approach.”

About the campaign

The Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign is free to join and takes about a minute to register. The real Living Wage is currently set at £8.75 per hour and is based on the cost of living, instead of just surviving. The real Living Wage is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation, overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence about living standards in the UK. For more information about the Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign head to www.livingwagebrighton.co.uk