Scientific Laboratory Supplies celebrates commitment to real living wage
4 Jul 2021
Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS) has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer, committed to ensuring that all employees receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK, or £10.85 in London.
The real Living Wage is calculated according to the costs of living, providing a voluntary benchmark for employers wishing to ensure that their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum, which currently stands at £8.72 an hour for over 25s. Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people, and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
SLS is based in the East Midlands, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with more than 405,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage.
Ian Roulstone, Managing Director of SLS, commented: “We are proud to be making this commitment, because SLS is a business that has people at its core. We aim to be the most customer-centric supplier of laboratory equipment, chemicals and consumables in the UK, and we can only achieve that by ensuring we have the best team in place to support our customers. By doing just that, we are increasingly becoming the laboratory supplier of choice for scientists, and this commitment is another step in ensuring that we go above and beyond for our staff, just as they do for our customers.”
Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that SLS has joined the movement of more than 7,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like SLS, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."