As a responsible, ethical business, we recognise that our success depends upon on an engaged and productive workforce that is well looked after.
Intrinsic to this is a fair rate of pay which is why we are committed to supporting a Living Wage so that all our workers can afford a basic standard of living. It is a proactive stance that cements our position as an ethical employer and is aligned to the approach and values of many of our key customers including KPMG, PwC and Tube Lines.
In January 2012, ISS FS Ltd adopted the Living Wage for all support staff employed on our estate (ISS company offices). This is currently set at an hourly rate of £8.25 across the UK and £9.40 in London and from May 2017 new rates will come in to force of £8.45 outside London and £9.75 in London. These rates are significantly more than the Government's National Living Wage of £7.20 which came into force in April 2016.
Furthermore, we are formalising our support, having signed up to the Living Wage Service Providers Recognition Scheme. The Living Wage Service Providers Leadership Group, which sets the strategy for the scheme is currently chaired by ISS UK and Ireland CEO Richard Sykes
, further reiterating our stance as an employer committed to paying a fair wage. Richard Sykes, CEO ISS UK and Ireland, chairs the first Living Wage Leadership Group in January 2015
All service providers working with the Living Wage Foundation will be awarded an alternative Living Wage Trademark that denotes an ambitious organisation fully behind the Living Wage and committed to improving the likelihood of realising this, by providing customers with this option in all dealings.
As a minimum requirement the Foundation requires the service provider to apply the Living Wage to its core business, then to offer all services with a Living Wage rate (for example as an option in tender submissions) and finally to monitor the progress of client uptake for research.
As a voluntary commitment, we realise that to fulfil this properly we must work closely with our landlords, customers and suppliers to promote this issue in areas beyond our direct control. And our collaborative approach is further evidenced by the coalition we have formed with other service providers Facilicom and Enhance - fellow signatories of the Living Wage Service Providers Recognition Scheme .
Our support of this initiative is evidence of our progressive approach that recognises the many social and economic benefits that a fair pay rate brings. Put simply, it represents a ‘win win win’ situation; better for the individual, better for business and more broadly society as a whole.