Everton FC Become Only The Second Premier League Club To Pay The Real Living Wage

EVERTON Football Club have become only the second Premier League club – the other being Chelsea – to sign up with the Living Wage Foundation to pay the real Living Wage which meets the cost of living. Becoming a Living Wage employer will see the club, over the next three years, ensure that over 700 contractors working for Everton will receive a pay rise amounting up to as much as an additional £2,000 a year. In addition to this, 250 casual and/or match-day staff have had a pay rise as a result of Everton becoming an accredited Living Wage employer. Everton have accredited three separate organisations; their charitable arm – Everton in the Community, Everton in the Community Free School Trust and Everton Football Club Company Limited to complete the process of becoming a real Living Wage employer. On their decision to go further than paying the government minimum, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Deputy Chief Executive and Director at Everton Football Club, said:           “Here at Everton we are committed to being a first choice employer and becoming Living Wage accredited is a natural step towards that. We have been working hard behind the scenes and consulting with our staff and stakeholders; it is extremely important to us that we treat all of our colleagues well and reward people fairly in terms of their pay. Supporting the accredited Living Wage is quite simply the right thing to do; it improves our employees’ quality of life but also benefits our business and society as a whole. Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation welcomed the accreditation saying: “It is fantastic that Everton Football Club have become the second Premier League football club to sign up as a Living Wage employer, ensuring that all their staff – from caterers to match day staff -receive a real Living Wage that covers the cost of living. By putting more pounds in the pockets of their staff, Everton are signing up to a win-win scenario that rewards a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. I congratulate Everton and hope other football clubs will take their lead and follow suit”. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and born in Liverpool said: “The Living Wage is the bedrock of a fair economy and a recognition of the worth of every individual. “For more than a century, the Catholic Church has championed the causes of just wages and dignity at work, so workers can not only support their family, but also lead a fulfilling life both in and outside the workplace. “The work done by the Living Wage Foundation is important. In our society there are many who experience real financial difficulties yet work hard in their employment. They and their families will benefit from a true living wage and measures which bring them hope for their children.”