Ravensbourne celebrates Living Wage commitment


Living WageThe Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Ravensbourne has been formally accredited as a Living Wage employer. 

The accreditation took effect on 7 October 2015. On 2 November 2015, Ravensbourne’s HR Director Doreen De Bellotte, and Ravensbourne Student Union President Tor-Arne Njamo attended an event at the Woolwich Gallery. This event, presided over by Councillor Denise Hyland and hosted by the Living Wage Foundation, Greenwich Borough Council and Citizens UK, was a welcome ceremony for all new accredited London Living Wage employers.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Ravensbourne, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. 

Doreen De Bellotte said: “At Ravensbourne we take pride in a culture that anticipates, supports and celebrates equality of opportunity. In 2014, the CentreForum think tank placed us third in the UK Social Mobility Index, as recognition of the difference we make to the lives of our students. This accreditation in 2015 from the Living Wage Foundation demonstrates that this commitment runs throughout the institution and to all our staff as well.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Tor-Arne Njamo, President of the Ravensbourne Student Union, commented: “Many creative professionals work in portfolio careers as freelancers or in contract roles. At Ravensbourne many of these careers start while the creative are studying for their degree so I’m very pleased that Ravensbourne has made this commitment to the London Living Wage, and as it’s a clear demonstration of support for its graduates and alumni.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Ravensbourne to 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 1,700 leading employers, including Ravensbourne, 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."