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BSMHFT signs up to the living wage

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) has committed to paying employees on low incomes the ‘living wage’, to ensure they are able to achieve an improved standard of living for them and their families.

The living wage, which is £7.65 per hour for those outside London, is a voluntary initiative designed to encourage employers to raise the pay of those on the lowest incomes, to ensure that it covers the basic cost of living.  The hourly rate is set independently and updated annually and exceeds the current statutory minimum wage of £6.31 per hour.

John Short, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “We employ more than 4,000 staff, who are the lifeblood of our organisation and are dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients.  In recognition of this, the Trust is continually looking at ways of increasing the wellbeing of our employees.

Introducing the living wage will help to ensure a reasonable standard of living for our staff and their families, particularly in these difficult economic times. We also hope it will also support recruitment and retention of staff and help to make us an employer of choice in the region.”

The move, which has the support of local trades unions, means that BSMHFT employees whose pay was below £7.65 per hour have received a pay rise. The living wage will also apply to new employees whose rate of pay would have been lower than the current living wage.