The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that leading disability jobboard Evenbreak, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Evenbreak, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.65 -significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Jane Hatton, Founder and Director of Evenbreak said “We are proud to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. Evenbreak’s people are the heart of what we do, and their talent and loyalty should be rewarded. As a small social enterprise we prove that it’s possible (and desirable) for organisations of all types and sizes to pay their people a fair rate for their work.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Evenbreak to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 700 leading employers, including Evenbreak, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “