Council insists contractor pays ‘Living Wage’ to staff

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Sheffield Council has confirmed its commitment to the Living Wage in its cleaning services contract now out for re-tender.

The council has insisted a key requirement of the contract is for the supplier to pay their staff the Foundation Living Wage from April 1, 2016.

The amount is Sheffield’s living wage of £8.25 – which is currently £1.05 more than the Government’s proposed national living wage due to be introduced in April.

The deadline for receipt of the tenders is Monday, January 18.

The council will then evaluate the submissions and hope to be able to award the contract to the preferred supplier by early March.

It is anticipated that the contract will be for a three year period.

It is due to start on July 1, 2016, and end on June 30, 2019, although there is an option to extend the contract by a further 12 months.

Coun Ben Curran, cabinet member for resources and finance, said the aim was to give employees a decent standard of living.

He said: “The Living Wage is important in building a more inclusive economy, where low earners are able to afford to have a reasonable standard of living from their pay.

“The council already pays our directly employed staff the Living Wage, but we want to make sure even more people in the city benefit from the Living Wage.

“Contracts with the council’s external providers are an important part of this, so we have included a requirement for them to pay the Living Wage in the tender documents for this contract.”