The Living Wage
Birmingham City Council (BCC) has been accredited to the Living Wage Foundation since 2012, paying "a fair day's pay for a fair day's work" to our employees, which helps to retain and motivate a first class diverse, evolving team to embrace change, innovate and drive the city forward.
With our role as an ‘anchor institution’ in Birmingham, paying the Real Living Wage sends a key message to partners and local employers about the way in which we do business and ultimately the type of economy we want across the city and within our communities.
The Real Living Wage is an important aspect of our Social Value Policy and Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility. Organisations, subcontractors and partners are therefore encouraged to raise awareness of the Real Living Wage along with better health and wellbeing, better prospects and better lives. We promote the Real Living Wage on our website as well as on Finditinbirmingham; on signage, at workshops and at ‘Meet the Buyer’ supply chain events as well as other through public and social media used locally, regionally and nationally.
The council officially achieved Living Wage Funder status, during a ceremony staged at the Council House to mark Living Wage Week 2019 (11 to 17 November) in recognition of its efforts to ensure that the Real Living Wage (RLW) is paid to those working for Third Sector groups that receive funding from the local authority.
Our unique position of sitting at the heart of the UK and standing for the diversity of the community, makes us well positioned to innovate new products/solutions, attract businesses and people to the city.