Red Rocks commits to Living Wage
Caring Times, May 2014
Red Rocks nursing home, in Hoylake, Wirral has recently become one of the first independent care homes in the UK to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. The Living Wage campaign has been running for 10 years and is reported to have lifted more than 45,000 people out of poverty.
An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believed that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by about 25%. 66% of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer.
Mike Vaughan, Red Rocks’ managing director said “We have always tried to reward staff in recognition of our entire team’s hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence- they deserve it”. Rhys Moore Director of the Living Wage Foundation said “The benefits the Living Wage brings to staff and business are clear. I welcome the leadership shown by Red Rocks Nursing Home, on this important issue.”
- To find out more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer visit www.livingwage.org.uk