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Good to Great: The 'Real' Living Wage

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Room 2702, Chaucer Building, Nottingham Trent University

Goldsmith Street

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We’re really excited to be running another great East Midlands HR Network event for HR professionals across the region!

At this event, you’ll have a special opportunity to find out more about Good Work Nottingham and the Living Wage from a panel of experts on the topic who live, sleep and breathe this stuff.

Alongside a talk about the Good Work Nottingham programme, they’ll talk about the history of the living wage and what the future holds - addressing concerns about how employers are going to foot the bill given continued financial pressures.

We’ll be joined by speakers from The Living Wage Foundation, Nottingham Citizens and Nottingham Civic Exchange to share their expert advice.

And on top of all that, you’ll get to hear from Matt Parfitt of Radiant Cleaners - a local employer who have gained national press coverage for their work in providing work opportunities for some of the most vulnerable in society. They are also accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

Full details of the event and location can be found below.

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Dr Paula Black - Nottingham Civic Exchange, Nottingham Trent University
Dr Paula Black is Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange and leads the overall development of their work. She has a professional background as an academic and has taught Sociology at the Universities of Sussex, Manchester and Derby. She has also worked as a researcher, as a senior manager in Local Government and, prior to joining Nottingham Civic Exchange, she was Director of Research at the New Economics Foundation Think Tank.

Pete Rogers - Nottingham Citizens
Pete is a community organiser for Nottingham Citizens, the local chapter of Citizens UK. Pete is passionate about tackling systemic injustice and equipping people to find purpose by playing an active role in bringing about change for themselves and their communities.

Dan Howard - Living Wage Foundation
Daniel joined the Living Wage Foundation as a Programme Officer in September 2018 where he is responsible for accreditation strategy in the East Midlands as well as assisting with accreditation in East London and Yorkshire. He also focuses on our growth in low pay industries, such as retail and hospitality. Alongside this, Daniel is working on the Foundation’s new project which concentrates on Good Work.

Matt Parfitt - Radiant Cleaners
As founder of Radiant Cleaners Matt has a vision to see people in Nottingham live life to the full through fair and secure employment. Radiant provide tailored support and jobs for employees to overcome their barriers to employment and to succeed in their job. They lead by example in providing professional cleaning services while being an excellent employer to those most at risk of exclusion from the jobs market. Radiant are accredited by The Living Wage Foundation.


About the Living Wage

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - even calling it the ‘national living wage’.

However, the government's 'national living wage' is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live.

Instead, it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Under current forecasts this means a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020.

For under 25s, the minimum wage rates also take into account affordability for employers.

The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That's why we encourage all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.


Event agenda

  • What is Good Work - what's the local picture?
  • The Living Wage:
  • History
  • Benefits for employers
  • What's the future for the Living Wage?
  • Introduction to the 'Living Hours' campaign
  • A real life experience of going living wage, and the living wage journey - Matt Parfitt (Radiant Cleaners).
  • Exploring the barriers and the 'journey' towards accreditation - facilitated group discussions
  • What is the 'Good Work Nottingham Summit' and how can organisations get involved.

Please note that attendance at this event is limited to in-house HR/people professionals, in-house recruiters, L&D or OD professionals only.

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