Brighton Living Wage

The Brighton and Hove Living Wage Campaign Hits 900!

The Living Wage Campaign Reaches 900 Employers

The local Living Wage Campaign, which started 11 years ago, has now encouraged and persuaded 900 local employers to pledge their commitment to paying the Living Wage. This has resulted in over 4500 salaries elevated across the city and Restaurants Brighton are proud to support this campaign. 

Brighton Living Wage

In July 2023, the Brighton and Hove Living Wage Campaign welcomed its 900th sign up, HIT Training. Kirsty English, Content Manager of HIT Training says:

“As a leading apprenticeship provider, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in the working population and by paying all our employees the real Living Wage, we aim to make a difference to the lives of all individuals in sustainable careers and encourage our partners to do the same. We are also one of the first training providers to become an Employee Ownership Trust, meaning all our staff automatically become co-owners of our business and actively participate in our success further demonstrating our commitment to building a stronger and brighter future for all.”

The local campaign is run by Brighton Chamber and supported by Brighton and Hove  City Council and Brighton and Hove Unison.

In a recent interview with Sarah Springford, CEO of Brighton Chamber, highlights the ways the campaign has grown:

“You don’t have to make a big song and dance to get stuff done. Sometimes working collaboratively; getting support from others to spread the word; and working creatively with what you have can achieve great results. The best thing about running this campaign has been to see the community of responsible employers growing and becoming a force for good in the city. I am proud that Brighton Chamber, and the business community, has played a part in making the Living Wage the acceptable minimum norm for many businesses here.”

Back in 2012, Brighton and Hove Buses became the campaign’s first sign-up.

Brighton and Hove Buses

Managing Director Ed Wills demonstrates Brighton and Hove Buses’ commitment over the years:

“With cost-of-living pressures, the Living Wage has never been more important. We were the first to sign up to the Living Wage and we remain committed to it 11 years on, for all of our staff. It’s great to see so many businesses doing the same.”

The local campaign is supported both by Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Unison. Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the council’s Culture, Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Economic Development Committee shares his enthusiasm for the campaign’s success:

“It’s fantastic to see so many of the city’s businesses supporting the local Living Wage campaign, especially during a time of severe financial pressures for business owners and their staff. Through their commitment, these businesses are not only helping their employees with day to day living costs but also helping to create a flourishing and inclusive economy in Brighton and  Hove.”

Diana Leach from Brighton and Hove Unison, also highlighted their long-term commitment:

“Brighton and Hove Unison has been supporting this worthy campaign for many years and we are proud of how it has raised hourly rates and working conditions in the city.”

To sign up and to find out more about the Brighton andHove Living Wage Campaign see the website here.

More interesting facts about the Brighton Living Wage

The Living Wage is currently £10.90 per hour outside of London and reviewed annually.

The Real Living Wage is calculated by the Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes.

It is calculated based on a number of factors including inflation, rent prices and food costs. You can see the full report of how this is calculated here.



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