National Express Becomes Living Wage Employer

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Hundreds of National Express workers are set for a pay rise after the company announced that it was to become a living wage employer- the largest in the region.

The pledge will directly benefit 340 workers from the beginning of next year and the move has been welcomed by trade unions and politicians. National Express is the first transport group in the UK to become an accredited Living Wage employer, with employees of its rail and coach operations guaranteed the Living Wage by the end of 2017. The company has also pledged to ensure that any contractors or agencies who carry out work for them will also get the Living Wage. All will earn £8.25 an hour, in comparison to the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour.

The Secretary of State for Transport said of the decision:

“I welcome National Express’ decision to become a Living Wage employer. This important step will have a real impact and demonstrates the success of our transport sector. National Express plays a vital role in helping people go about their daily business.”

National Express joins 75 other employers from the West Midlands who are recognised by the Living Wage foundation, with several smaller companies across the region taking part.

The managing director of National Express said:

“All of our staff do a great job ensuring that the West Midlands keeps moving and that hundreds of thousands of people get to work, school and college each day. It is important that we appropriately recognise their hard work. Becoming a Living Wage employer clearly signifies our determination to be a good employer to all our staff.”

The commitment from National Express comes just days after the press in Birmingham called on the city to become the first Living Wage city. Currently, around a quarter of all workers earn below that threshold.