Brayborne Facilities Services has made a commitment to the Living Wage for its staff and has become a 'recognised service provider'.
In a sector that has often seen poor pay and conditions, Brayborne is actively securing the support of all its clients to meet their objectives in paying a fair wage for a fair day's work. The Living Wage campaign has been running for nearly 10 years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty. Set independently and updated annually, it commits companies to an hourly rate of pay based on the cost of living in the UK and is currently set at £7.85 an hour in the Thames Valley area.
Mairi Berryman, commercial director at Brayborne Facilities Services, said: “Our employees work extremely hard and we believe that their pay should reflect this. We already have terms of employment for our staff that are some of the best in the industry and as a result our staff retention is high and there is reduced absenteeism - happy employees work better and are prepared to go the extra mile. The benefits are then seen clearly by our clients.”
Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading pharmaceutical company based in Bracknell, is one of the first of Brayborne's clients to support the Living Wage objectives. Tom Ryan, head of general services at Boehringer Ingelheim, said: “I'm proud that Boehringer Ingelheim is supporting the Living Wage. We recognise that we have a strong reliable team of hard working staff from Brayborne who deliver a very high standard of service every day, and we felt it fair to recognise this valuable contribution through increased wage rates. Staff were delighted to hear this and they are now amongst the highest paid cleaning operatives in Bracknell.”
As part of its commitment to the Living Wage, Brayborne will now provide two quotes for all tenders. The client will decide which wage rate to pay but will always understand the difference and the reasons and the importance of rewarding hard working staff fairly for the high level of service that Brayborne provides.