The Living Wage Foundation has just announced that Hello Starling have been accredited as a Living Wage employer.


The Living Wage commitment ensures everyone working at Hello Starling, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.65 -significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.


The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.


Hello Starling MD, James Robinson said: “The values of the Living Wage align perfectly with those of Hello Starling in that we are not afraid to set our own standards. We place great value on our staff for the incredible effort they put in – and believe that our clients see better work as a result. As the Welsh economy continues to grow, we are proud to be part of a movement that establishes a balanced and supportive relationship between the company and our staff.”


Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.


Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Hello Starling to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.


“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.


“We have accredited over 850 leading employers, including Hello Starling, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “