News release from 11/12/2020

£10 per hour minimum wage commitment from Council

£10 per hour minimum wage commitment from Council

A commitment to pay all directly employed staff, as well as agency workers, at least £10 an hour has been made by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The pledge means the Council will pay all its workers, except apprentices subject to their own training agreement and wage structure, more than the Government’s minimum wage. The figure is also higher than the Living Wage Foundation’s Real Living Wage of £9.50 per hour.

The agreement follows recent talks with Trade Unions as part of pay negotiations for 2020/21. The change is within Council budgets.

Councillor John Williams

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr John Williams (pictured), said: “One of our top four Business Plan priorities is to be a modern and caring Council, and this pledge shows our commitment to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce. I hope that this news is a welcome early Christmas present to those colleagues affected. They work hard every day to help deliver services that residents rely on. This is a signal that we truly care about ensuring our colleagues can provide properly for themselves and their families. Money clearly continues to be tight as a result of reduced Government funding for Councils and pressures from the Coronavirus pandemic, but I believe taking this step will result in an even more committed workforce who will be even more dedicated to providing for local residents.”

Liz Brennan, for UNISON, added: “We are pleased that this year’s pay negotiations had direct Councillor involvement in discussions with us. The Council has both matched the NJC award and gone further to adopt a £10 minimum wage that will impact on cleaning staff and loaders in the Shared Waste Service.”

Gordon White, Regional Organiser GMB London Region, commented: “The GMB are pleased to work with South Cambridgeshire District Council and warmly welcome the Councillor involvement in this process. We are pleased that the Council are able to support our lowest paid colleagues with the £10 per hour minimum wage and match the nationally negotiated award. We look forward to continued good working relationships and further discussions about how the council can recognise and reward their dedicated workforce.”

The arrangements will benefit 24 staff at the Council and cost around £13,300 for this financial year.