As it gets tougher for ordinary New Zealanders to get by, AdviceFirst is delighted to announce we are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. It means our staff and regular contractors including cleaners and IT support are paid at least the Living Wage.
The Living Wage concept is straightforward: it’s the hourly wage a worker needs to pay for the necessities of life and participate as an active citizen in the community. It reflects the basic expenses of workers and their families such as food, transportation, housing and childcare.
The Living Wage is the voluntary rate for employers and in 2019, it is set at $21.15 per hour, and it is calculated each year by the New Zealand Family Centre Social Policy Unit.
“We decided to be part of this movement because we think it’s essential to support our staff and those we work with,” says AdviceFirst CEO Mark Ennis.
“It fits entirely within our whole ethos of helping people to realise a better future. Every company that joins this movement is setting an example to other businesses who will hopefully come on board.”
AdviceFirst set funds aside in its operational budget to ensure we could be active participants in the Living Wage initiative.