Council wants cleaners to be paid living wage

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance
Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance
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Sheffield Council’s cleaning services contract is out for re-tender.

Council chiefs have stressed that they want cleaners to be paid the ‘foundation living wage’, which is £8.25 an hour in Sheffield - £1.05 more than the Government’s proposed national living wage due to be introduced in April.

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

It is anticipated that the contract will be for a three year period, starting in July and ending in June 2019, although there is an option to extend the contract by a year.

Coun Ben Curran, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for resources and finance, 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.

“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.”