A west Cheshire business is making a stand against poverty in the borough by pledging to pay the Local Living Wage.
Mark Wynne has signed up to the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage charter, promising to help make sure workers can earn a decent living.
Mark says “I’m a firm believer in people deserving professional development opportunities which includes paying people what they are worth. With the high costs attached to living now financial worries are at the core of people’s mental and physical wellbeing”. “I want to be able to help alleviate financial burden by increasing wages and improving employee benefits”. “People will be more productive at work and have greater job satisfaction if they are less worried about finances”. “Ultimately I have a great opportunity here to address UK poverty and make positive changes that will help re-shape society”.
e-Aviso specialise in supporting small to medium size businesses by offering Microsoft Office and bespoke CRM solutions hosted on Azure cloud services. “I feel passionately about promoting a work life balance through automation, which has never been so critical in this hectic and fast paced world we live in”. “Knowing I can offer tailored and affordable automated products to entrepreneurs allowing them to compete against the more dominant organisations in the modern workplace is something I am proud of”.
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage rate of £9 per hour is calculated to cover the real cost of living.
It is different from the National Living Wage rate of £8.21 per hour for people aged over 25, which is a mandatory rate set by government and formerly known as the minimum wage.
Mark said: “Paying the Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage is voluntary and is a statement that we back west Cheshire and want its people and economy to thrive.”
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Living Wage campaign was launched by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Workforce and Localities, said: “We are really pleased that Mark Wynne has signed the charter and joined the campaign to help make sure workers in the borough can earn a decent living.
“Poverty in the UK is a growing concern and there are more and more working families in poverty when compared to five or ten years ago, with many working multiple jobs.1 Despite Cheshire’s affluent image, 16 per cent of the area’s households have an annual income of £15,000 or less, compared to 17 per cent for the number of UK households.2
“Our ambition is to make west Cheshire a Local Living Wage borough where all our residents can thrive.”