Working in partnership with the GMB Trade Union, Securitas UK has introduced a Minimum Wage of £8.03 for security officers. This rate of pay is 20 pence higher than the National Minimum Wage (which currently stands at £7.83). The new rate of remuneration came into effect on 1 April 2018.
In November last year, and as reported by Risk Xtra, Securitas UK was accredited as a Recognised Service Provider by the Living Wage Foundation, and remains the only global security company to be recognised as such.
Securitas has made a commitment to work towards paying all security officers the real Living Wage by the end of 2020. The real Living Wage is currently £8.75 across the UK and £10.20 in London. The company has made a strong start in this regard, with over 43% of employees already being paid at this level.
Grainne Kelly, Human Resources and Securitas Operations Centre director, commented: “Securitas strives to improve the perception of security officers and the industry as a whole, and our commitment to the real Living Wage reflects this. The introduction of the Securitas Minimum Wage, at £8.03, is part of our journey towards the real Living Wage.”
Kelly added: “We are working closely with existing and prospective clients to offer the option of paying the real Living Wage. It’s important that clients see the benefits of our work with the Living Wage Foundation. We believe that all officers should earn a wage that meets the cost of living. With the support of the GMB, we’re working hard to make this a reality.”
Roger Jenkins, national officer at the GMB, informed Risk Xtra: “For far too long, GMB members working in the security sector and responsible for protecting the public and their property have been undervalued. We applaud Securitas in being the first major security employer to give their employees the recognition they deserve and for working towards the real Living Wage. The pay increase in April, raising all employees’ pay to at least 20 pence above the Government’s Minimum Wage, is a major step forward towards this goal.”
Jenkins concluded: “This is a wake-up call to the rest of the security industry and Securitas, working with the GMB, is leading the way.”