When NJC embarked upon the Living Wage in 2014 it was a natural extension of our family heritage and our values. Our company is Not Just Cleaning and our employees are Not Just Cleaners, and because our employees protect the image of leading organisations in the UK, and ensure comfortable and hygienic workplaces, they deserve to be paid a fair and appropriate wage.
We recognise that our business success depends on an engaged and productive workforce that is well looked after. All our colleagues deserve to be appropriately rewarded and NJC is a Recognised Service Provider working with the Living Wage Foundation and promotes the Real Living Wage, based on the real cost of living. We submit a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate submittal to all our prospective and current clients, to encourage them to implement the Living Wage at the point of tender.
At NJC we believe that there are clear business benefits of the Real Living Wage, in terms of employee morale, motivation, productivity and retention. Paul Crilly, Managing Director commented: “We have found that in return for fair pay, employees reward us with increased loyalty, engagement and commitment to deliver a high quality service. This allows us to constantly develop our service propositions, utilising flexible working practises and innovative technologies.”
Over the last few years NJC has taken a number of customers who have not previously paid the Real Living Wage on a journey to it, and they have experienced significant benefits. Reductions in employee turnover have resulted in loyal and motivated teams, who have enhanced the quality of service. When combined with innovations in delivery approaches, this has in many cases resulted in lower costs across the contract than prior to the additional investment in salaries.
With this win-win scenario, why wouldn’t you support the Real Living Wage?