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Central Hall Westminster celebrates Living Wage Week

Venue reports reduction in staff turnover and higher service levels since joining scheme

Central Hall Westminster today marks six months since the signing of an agreement with all in-house service partners to pay the London living wage to staff, resulting in a reduction in staff turnover and the delivery of a higher level of service.

Whilst Central Hall has been committed to the scheme since 2013, the venue entered into talks with service partners in May to ensure everyone working at the venue, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receives the London Living Wage. This has now been set at £9.15 an hour, as announced today by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.  

Paul Southern, Managing Director at Central Hall Westminster, comments: “We are very proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer. This is a very important issue so we have spent time talking to our internal and external service partners to ensure they are all able to offer to the same level of commitment. This is now a stipulation for all of our service agreements at Central Hall and we hope that the living wage becomes the accepted standard.  

“Following the agreement with our service partners they have reported a reduction in staff turnover, which in turn has meant that the work of the staff improves with consistency. We are also told there is a ‘waiting’ line of staff from other venues who want to work at Central Hall.”  

Living Wage Week 2014, 2nd – 8th November, is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage, aiming to raise awareness of the cause. Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore says: “We are delighted to have Central Hall Westminster as part of the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.  

“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.

“We have accredited over 850 leading employers, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."

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