The Greater Manchester Housing Provider’s (GMHP) partnership has ensured more than 6,000 employees are now on the Living Wage.
Given on a voluntary basis, 13 of the 26 members of the GMHP are now officially recognised as accredited Living Wage employers.
A key priority in our Ambition to Deliver manifesto is to invest in the Greater Manchester pound, which ties into the Living Wage ethos that providing employees with a wage that’s good enough to live on is good for local businesses, good for the individual and for society.
The majority of GMHP members work to the priorities set out within the Greater Manchester Social Value Policy. These include:
- Raising the living standards of local residents
- Working towards paying the Living Wage
- Maximising employee access to entitlements such as childcare
- Encouraging suppliers to source labour from within Greater Manchester
Alongside this, the GMHP has co-funded the employment of a dedicated co-ordinator for the Living Wage Campaign, to help support 150 employers across Greater Manchester to become accredited Living Wage employers. In 2016, work undertaken by the University of Middlesex found that real Living Wage employees reported increased levels of happiness in the workplace, and more motivation. Employers who implement the Living Wage stated that staff turnover was down, and productivity levels had increased.