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Wage rises could be on the way for more than 300 staff

PUBLISHED: 15:53 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 20 November 2018

Councillor Mark Cory, leader of Colchester Borough Council.

Councillor Mark Cory, leader of Colchester Borough Council.

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Colchester Council employees look set to benefit from a rise in the Living Wage, after the Living Wage Foundation recommended an increase on November 5, 2018.

As part of the council’s commitment to be a good employer, cabinet members will discuss raising the Living Wage rate from £8.75 to £9 for all staff aged 18 or older, when they meet tomorrow, November 21.

The new £9 Living Wage rate is significantly higher than the statutory National Living Wage introduced by the Government in April 2016 for workers who are 25 years or over (currently £7.83) or the National Minimum Wage (£7.38 if 21-24; £5.90 if 18-20, or £4.20 if under 18).

Full-time council employees currently earning £8.75 an hour could expect to see their annual salary increase by £482, under the new rate.

More than 300 staff could benefit from an increase in wages.

Colchester Borough Council became officially recognised as a Living Wage employer in February 2016 for its work to tackle income inequality and support for workers struggling on low pay.

Since then, it has continued to pay the Living Wage as a minimum standard for all employees and stipulates that the same rate applies to all new third-party contracts too.

Mark Cory leader of the council said: “I am enormously proud that Colchester Borough Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

“By paying the Living Wage to our employees and requiring our contractors to do the same, we are setting an example to other employers and improving pay conditions across the whole borough. As a result, ordinary people are getting better pay and a better deal.”

An ongoing, phased roll-out of the Living Wage means any third-party contracted staff who qualify will also receive the new amount as contracts come up for renewal.

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