Securitas UK becomes 100th Recognised Service Provider to work with Living Wage Foundation

Securitas UK is now accredited as the 100th Recognised Service Provider working closely with the Living Wage Foundation. The only global security company currently accredited as a Recognised Service Provider, Securitas UK has made a commitment to offer a real Living Wage option alongside every tender opportunity to all prospective and current clients. This means the client always has the choice to implement the Living Wage at the point of tender and there’ a clear pathway towards the real Living Wage.

Securitas UK has also committed to pay all of its head office staff the Living Wage as per the Living Wage Employer Agreement. The company is part of a strategic community of over 3,500 organisations that support and promote the real Living Wage and who are committed to ending low pay in the UK’s lowest paid service sectors.

The London Living Wage is currently set at £10.20 per hour and covers all Boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for those areas outside of London is presently £8.75 per hour. These figures are set annually by the Resolution Foundation.

Grainne Kelly, Human Resources and Operations Centre director at Securitas UK, explained: “We’re proud of our commitment to always offer a real Living Wage option when contracting staff to clients. We believe that every member of staff should earn a wage that meets the cost of living, and we’re working hard to make this a reality. At the moment, not all of our employees will receive the real Living Wage, but we hope that, by offering a Living Wage option to existing customers and within tender opportunities, more and more people will see the benefits of our work with the Living Wage Foundation.” 

Roger Jenkins, national officer with the GMB Trade Union, added: “This is fantastic news for the hard-working staff of Securitas. GMB members working in the security sector do an incredible job, from risking their own lives on a daily basis to saving the lives of others and protecting the public and property amid the current high level terrorist threat. For too long, these workers have been undervalued and underpaid. We applaud Securitas in being the first major security employer to recognise the true value of their role. The very least these highly-trained, highly-skilled professionals deserve is a Living Wage. Securitas merits praise for recognising that fact.”

Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman stated: “The benefits that the Living Wage brings to staff and businesses alike are clear. I very much welcome the leadership shown by Securitas UK on this important issue.”

About the Author

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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