Professional Medical Ambulance Services Limited has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at ProMed receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
ProMed carries out a lot of work in the North West, a region with nearly a quarter of all jobs (20%) paying less than the real Living Wage – around 584,000 jobs. We also support events in the North East, a region with nearly a quarter of all jobs (22%) paying less – around 213,000 jobs. Despite this, ProMed has committed to pay the true Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 230,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Matthew Dinnery, Managing Director of Professional Medical Ambulance Services Limited said: “We’ve always believed in paying our staff fairly, no matter what their role is in the business. Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn an honest day’s living, and we’re proud to be making this commitment.
“Although most of our staff are self-employed casual bank staff, we have calculated the rate we need to pay them so that they’re left with the real living wage after they’ve put some away for holidays, contributed towards their retirement pension pot, and made their legal national insurance contributions.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that ProMed has joined the movement of over 6,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like ProMed, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”