W.E Clark and Son Celebrates Living Wage Commitment


W.E Clark and Son is very pleased to announce that we have been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at W.E Clark and Son, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour set to be introduced this April.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

"It was when I attended the Lewes Living Wage meeting in Lewes, as President of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce that our own Living Wage Accreditation occurred to me. I feel, that as an employer, I have a responsibility to ensure my employees receive a fair wage- one that they are able to live on. After some discussions, I quickly realised that W.E. Clark & Son was already meeting the criteria to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer and I duly applied for accreditation." Said David Clark, MD of W.E Clark and Son.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome W.E Clark and Son to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 2,300 leading employers, including W.E Clark and Son, ranging from independent printers, bookshops, and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva, and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."

For more information on the Living Wage Foundation, please visit here