Belfast Telegraph

Rental firm A-Plant adopts higher Living Wage

A leading equipment rental firm has become the latest employer to agree to pay the voluntary Living Wage.

A-Plant, part of the Ashtead Group, said the move will lead to a pay rise for over 700 workers across its business.

The voluntary rate of £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 outside the capital is higher than the Government's National Living Wage of £7.50 for over 25-year-olds.

Sat Dhaiwal, Chief Executive of A-Plant, said, "We value our colleagues and we truly believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay.

"We are delighted to be leading the equipment rental industry by voluntarily paying a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the Government standard.

"We feel it is extremely important to take care of our colleagues and in recent months and years, we have made great strides forward in our aim to become the employer of choice in our sector.

"We will be also be working with our suppliers to see how they can make a stand and adopt the real Living Wage."

Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said, "We are delighted to welcome A-Plant to the growing movement of accredited Living Wage employers who are voluntarily going further than the statutory minimums to ensure their employees can earn a wage, which is enough to live on.

"Living Wage employers report a more motivated and productive workforce. Paying the real Living Wage is both good for business and good for society."