Come play a vital role in the continuing success of the Living Wage campaign, and enable us to deliver more pay rises and more secure hours for workers than ever before.
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If you would like to have an informal conversation about these opportunities, you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:
Jules Chaney (E: firstname.lastname@example.org or M: 07399 749982) or
James Hunt (E: email@example.com or M: 07711 405 444)
For over 20 years the Living Wage Foundation has been at the heart of the campaign to provide workers and families with a wage that meets their everyday needs. In 2001, workers in East London came together with community organisers at Citizens UK to call for a wage that covered the cost of living. Ten years later, the movement went national. We launched the first UK Living Wage rate and set up a Living Wage Foundation to recognise and celebrate the great businesses that choose to go further than the government minimum. Today, there are over 10,000 employers throughout the UK that have committed to accredit as Living Wage Employers, resulting in nearly 350,000 pay rises and we are experiencing unprecedented levels of growth. Throughout this time, we have not stood still and are developing crucial new ways to support workers including Living Hours, an employer standard for guaranteed hours and notice of shift patterns, a new ‘Living Pension’ benchmark, and we have plans to go global.
With the cost of living crisis hitting low paid workers hardest, there has never been a greater need for a real Living Wage. Working with our dedicated network of Living Wage employers and civil society leaders, the work of the Living Wage Foundation has never been more relevant.
Millions of workers remain in low paid, insecure work often struggling to keep their heads above water. Our work is essential in lifting people out of poverty and protecting them as costs continue to rise.
Now, there are two exciting opportunities to join our growing team and support this work.
The Head of Partnerships and Campaigns will oversee our national sectoral strategy to grow the number of Living Wage Employers by activating our network, securing influential partnerships and developing broad campaigns encompassing workers, community leaders, employers, media and digital communications to apply pressure and make the case for the Living Wage.
The Partnerships and Campaigns team is new and expanding and we need a leader to shape its growth and focus. The role will be responsible for supporting and directing a team of Campaigns and Project Managers responsible for delivering our strategy to empower others to advocate for fair pay. The successful candidate will lead on the development of our strategy to engage workers and those with lived experience meaningfully in our work, and create cross-organisational collaboration opportunities with Citizens UK community organisers.
Central to our strategy will be our efforts to Make London a Living Wage City, a £4.8m 4-year project to develop 800 leaders and secure over 50,000 pay rises, putting over £635m into the pockets of low-paid Londoners. With a Steering Group co-chaired by the Mayor of London, the Bishop of London and KPMG’s Senior London Partner, the project aims to bring workers, community leaders and employers together to take a sectoral approach to tackling low pay, with an initial focus on Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Cleaning, Creative and Cultural industries.
Our ambition is to use this opportunity to model cross-organisational collaboration and the role will focus on organisational development to forge internal partnerships and create the conditions for success, whilst working with community organisers, campaign partners and influential stakeholders in London and beyond to forge strategic campaigns to win pay-rises for low paid workers and bring significant employers into the Living Wage network.
The Head of Membership and Operations is an exciting new role that will be responsible for leading the development and growth of our Living Wage accreditation programmes and the support offered to our 10,000 strong employer network. Key responsibilities include the development and oversight of strategies to grow the number of accredited Living Wage Employers and securing pay rises for low paid workers, for improving how we work with our existing network of accredited employers to support retention and deepen engagement and for the day-to-day operations of the accreditation process to ensure that we are delivering an excellent experience to Living Wage employers.
This is an exciting new role combining strategic business engagement skills with astute operational oversight. The successful candidate will be a proven team leader, be adept at developing new employer engagement strategies to grow our accreditation schemes and have an eye for systems improvements across database management, financial reporting and monitoring and evaluation.
The Head of Membership provides leadership to, and manages a large and passionate, driven team with a strong commitment to the Living Wage. An exceptional communicator, they will be able to build strong relationships externally and internally to further the objectives of the Foundation.
These roles are vital to the continuing success of the Living Wage campaign, and will enable us to deliver more pay rises and secure hours for workers than ever before. If you are interested in joining our dynamic and committed team, would like more information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners.
Director | Living Wage Foundation
The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the independent movement of businesses and people that campaign for the idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We celebrate and recognise the leadership of responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the minimum wage. The Living Wage movement began 20 years ago in East London among those who were not earning enough to live on. In 2011 the Living Wage Foundation was set up by Citizens UK to work with employers who pay the real Living Wage and ten years later there are now over 10,000 employers signed up including 50% of the FTSE 100 and thousands of small employers. We have launched new benchmarks including Living Hours to provide secure and stable contracts and are about to pilot a new Living Pension standard.
We offer accreditation to employers that pay the independently-calculated Living Wage rates to all staff in London and the UK, or those committed to an agreed timetable of implementation, by awarding the Living Wage Employer Mark.
We offer a Service Provider Recognition Scheme for third party contractors who ensure their own staff are earning the real Living Wage rates and always offer a Living Wage option when submitting tenders. Our Living Wage Places scheme recognises and celebrates the geographical areas that are doing more to expand Living Wage accreditation from Living Wage Buildings and Zones to Towns, Cities, Boroughs and Regions. We also offer Living Hours accreditation for employers who offer decent notice periods for shifts, a contract that reflects accurate hours worked and guaranteed minimum hours.
We coordinate the announcement of the real Living Wage rates each year, based on the best available evidence about living standards in London and the UK. We also provide advice and support to employers about implementing the independently-calculated Living Wage rates and Living Hours. This includes best practice guides, case studies from leading employers, model procurement frameworks and access to specialist legal and HR advice. We provide research and insight about the benefits of the real Living Wage and Living Hours to people, businesses and the economy.
We provide a forum for leading employers and service providers to publicly join the independent movement of organisations, businesses and people campaigning for a wage which is enough to live on. We work with Principal Partners who bring financial and strategic support to our work and we work with community organisers and leaders campaigning for fair pay. We coordinate Living Wage Week each November, a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage movement.
To formally apply, please submit a CV (ideally no more than two pages), and along with a supporting statement (one page max).
Your supporting statement should answer the following:
“What motivated you to apply to work for Citizens UK and the Living Wage Foundation? How does your experience make you the right person to engage our business and employer network, lead a team and develop our accreditation strategy?”
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If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.
We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.
All applications will be considered solely on merit.
Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date for applications: By 9 a.m. Thursday 7th July 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd July 2022
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