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Living Wage Service Providers Leadership Group is announced

Left to right: Julie Kortens (BIFM); Sarah Bentley (The Building Futures Group); Richard Sykes (ISS); Mike Kelly (KPMG & Living Wage Foundation); Paul Crilly (Not Just Cleaning); Sandy Aird (Enhance); Caroline Reilly (Living Wage Foundation); Lydia Elliot (Living Wage Foundation / Carnstone); Phil Smith (Facilicom / Trigion); Steve Workman (ISS)

Left to right: Julie Kortens (BIFM); Sarah Bentley (The Building Futures Group); Richard Sykes (ISS); Mike Kelly (KPMG & Living Wage Foundation); Paul Crilly (Not Just Cleaning); Sandy Aird (Enhance); Caroline Reilly (Living Wage Foundation); Lydia Elliot (Living Wage Foundation / Carnstone); Phil Smith (Facilicom / Trigion); Steve Workman (ISS)

The Living Wage Foundation has announced the formation of a Service Providers Leadership Group which aims to influence the market place on matters relating to the development of the Living Wage Recognition Programme for Service Providers in the UK. The announcement of the Leadership Group chair and members took place on January 15, 2015, at an event hosted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

The Group is Chaired by Richard Sykes, ISS Facility Services CEO UK & Ireland, and will be composed of members selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge in the fields of managed services with a particular focus in the most challenging areas of low pay. In addition to ISS, the lead group to date comprises of Facilicom, Not Just Cleaning and Enhance with supporting Associate Members, The Building Futures Group, BSA, British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and Channel 4.

Service Providers will be working with the Living Wage Foundation to:

  1. Advise on communication strategy for the Recognised Service Provider Programme
  2. Monitor risks and challenges faced by the Service Providers
  3. Develop a growth strategy to help increase participation
  4. Sense check the fee structure set out by the Living Wage Foundation

Rhys Moore, director, Living Wage Foundation said:

 “This is a huge moment for the Living Wage Foundation and we are delighted to welcome Richard to Chair a fantastic Leadership Group with real influence and insight to service industries such as FM. ISS is one of the UK’s largest FM providers, and have worked with lots of our accredited network as part of the Living Wage movement for several years along with others on the group.

“Including their expertise to support and create this programme for Service Providers is a great step forward; it is demonstration of their commitment to improving conditions for some of the lowest paid across the UK.

“The reach and impact of such a high-profile FM business will, we hope, demonstrate to others that where organisations can, implementation of the Living Wage is not only the right thing to do, but also makes good business sense.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.  Service Providers play a key role in bringing the Living Wage to many other industries.”

Richard Sykes, CEO ISS Facility Services UK & Ireland commented:

 As Services Providers, we’re in a unique position to support and drive positive change, as combined, we employ millions of people. By coming together in this Leadership Group with the Living Wage Foundation we can help to take the lead across the workforce.

 “At ISS, we believe it is good business to offer the Living Wage option to our prospective clients as the end result is happier employees who in turn provide better service to the organisation and people they work with.

“We use our best endeavours to influence our customers and although they can decline, this doesn’t affect our stance which is to present them with the option.

“And where possible, we will work with clients to investigate potential roadmaps to adopting the Living Wage.

“I’m looking forward to 2015 as we launch our fully formed Leadership Group.”

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