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Proud to be among 12,000 employers in the UK paying the real living wage

April 2023

The Government implemented a minimum wage as late as the end of the 20th century - merely 25 years ago - but the hourly amount was not calculated to ensure it met the real cost of living. Despite being rebranded as the ‘National Living Wage’, that fact still stands. In contrast, the real Living Wage, campaigned for by the Living Wage Foundation, is independently calculated to meet everyday needs.  


On Saturday 1st April 2023, the government's 'National Living Wage' rose to £10.42, a welcome and necessary boost for low-paid workers after news this month, that inflation had unexpectedly risen to 10.4%, and the governments energy support was coming to an end. In April 2022, Kanso joined the Real Living Wage movement and became one of 12,000 other UK employers, leading the way by choosing to go further to support staff with the cost of living by paying the real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage remains the only wage rate calculated based on what it costs to live in the UK and London. Someone who earns the real Living Wage will earn nearly £1,000 more per year in the UK and nearly £3,000 a year in London compared to the minimum wage. It means that Kanso pays all its team members a fair days pay for a fair days work.  


We believe that employees should receive an hourly pay rate/salary that reflects their contribution to the business and provides them with a decent standard of living. Their pay should be enough to cover the most basic bills and, crucially, also enjoy a disposable income to enjoy life, be it holidays, meals out or nights at the theatre. 


Paying at least the real Living Wage to every one of our team members across the UK is central to our ESG Policy and underscores our commitment and support for our brilliant teams, who work tirelessly every day to deliver an exceptional service to our Hospitality and Commercial Clients across the UK. 


Together with our enhanced Professional Services benefits, which include death in service and a market leading Workplace Wellbeing programme, Kanso will always put our people front and centre as we work towards Living Hours Accreditation in 2023. 

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