Living Wage Accreditation

Living Wage Accreditation

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For a company who provides a large amount of manpower, one of the hardest things to do is not only recruit people, but recruit the “right” people. At K9 Protection Ltd, we’ve always made a point of employing guards who are fit to the role, and guards who have the right level of communication skills for the client’s requirements – and we’ve always been reasonably good at keeping them.

K9 Protection Ltd pride ourselves on the right staff wanting to stay with us, and now, through our accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation, we’ve removed a further hurdle. Since the very beginning, we’ve always tried to pay over and above the market rate for security (often minimum wage, and occasionally even apprentice rates); we were one of the first companies in Wales to shun the shady practice of recruiting “self employed with UTR” as a way to circumvent our responsibilities for holiday pay and national insurance contributions, and we are the only company we know of to transparently provide quotations showing our clients where every penny of their well-spent money goes.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage enjoys cross-party support. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £8.45 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £9.75 per hour. This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

Why have K9 Protection Ltd taken the decision to become a Living Wage accredited employer now is a question we’ve been asked. The truth of the matter is, this was a company goal which was set three years ago; something the management team saw as important and necessary for our staff. It’s a contract: between us and our staff so they always know the minimum rate they will be paid, knowing that on a 48 hour week they will be taking home over £45 more than their counterpart with a company who do not adhere to a minimum wage. Combine this with an employer pension scheme, managers who actually “do the job” and have worked the assignment instructions they’ve written (K9’s managers are contracted to spend 1/8th of their time guarding), and lone worker safety systems that really work – we think it’s not a bad place to work.

A number of clients have initially raised concerns about raising prices – that’s understandable, especially at a time of uncertainty and squeezed margins, and I’m not going to sit here and pretend we haven’t lost clients along the journey as we prepared for our Living Wage accreditation, but for every client lost, we’ve had very supportive comments as to what we’re trying to achieve back from clients that have remained with us. The fact is, when clients repeatedly tell us they like having familiar faces and reliable guards, we need to retain these staff in order to satisfy client needs, Living Wage Accreditation allows us to do that. K9 Protection Ltd have never provided the cheapest guard to place a bum on a seat, and we’ve never gone out to simply tick a box for insurance companies in providing a body, and the fact that at time of writing there have been no thefts on our watch for 51,972 hours is testament to our staff. Not all security companies are the same, and whilst we fully understand that there’s a market for cheap and cheerful, we choose not to sit in it.

For enquiries about K9 Protection Ltd, contact Paul Green 01633 504543
For enquires about Living Wage Foundation, contact 020 7043 9882

 

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