Luxury florist Moyses Stevens Flowers has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
The organisation has committed to paying its 45 direct employees and any third-party contractors who work across its seven London-based sites at least the voluntary living wage rate of £9.75 an hour. This will include staff who work in both production and delivery service roles.
Moyses Stevens Flowers is the 3,500th organisation to be accredited as a living wage employer in the UK.
The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £9.75 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.
The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.
David Cohen, director at Moyses Stevens Flowers, said: “We are proud to be the milestone 3.500th employer to implement the London living wage across our branches to boost each staff member’s annual salary and acknowledge the cost of living in the capital.
“It’s a win-win for us and not only helps our employees afford to live with dignity but also helps our business by improving motivation, and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.”