Labour-led Sheffield City Council has taken another step in delivering its commitment to supporting Sheffield to become a Living Wage City, in its cleaning services contract which now out for re-tender.
A key requirement of this contract is for the supplier to pay their staff the Living Wage from 1 April. This is Sheffield’s living wage at £8.25 - the recognised Living Wage supported by the Living Wage Foundation which is currently £1.05 more than George Osborne’s so called “national living wage” due to be introduced in April.
Councillor Ben Curran, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Finance said:
“The Living Wage is important in building a more inclusive economy, where low earners are able to afford to have a reasonable standard of living from their pay.
“We’ve still got a way to go. But this is another step towards our ambition of making Sheffield the first Living Wage city.
“The Council already pays our directly employed staff at least the Living Wage, but we want to make sure even more people in the city benefit from the Living Wage. Contracts with the Council’s external providers are an important part of this, so we have included a requirement for them to pay the Living Wage in the tender documents for this contract.”