Health trust signs up to living wage

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Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust pledged its support for Living Wage Week by ensuring every member of staff is paid at living wage rates.

Organisations which sign up to be living wage employers commit to a living wage of £7.65 for employees outside of London, rather than the minimum wage of £6.50.

At Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust the earnings of 65 employees were enhanced in line with the living wage.

Amanda Rawlings, Head of People and Organisational Effectiveness for the trust, said: “We are proud to be a living wage employer.

“We believe that every member of staff deserves a living wage.

“Adopting this initiative helps to improve morale, enhance quality of work and reduce sickness levels.

“For the relatively few people within our organisation who were affected it has made a big difference and one we are proud to support.”

According to a new report, over 400,000 workers in the East Midlands earn less than the living wage.