As well as being a Living Wage employer, ReAgent is now one of the very first companies in the country to become a Living Hours employer (as of writing, there are only around 80 Living Hours companies in the UK).
Why become a Living Hours employer?
Paying employees a fair salary is something we are very proud of, and ensuring that each member of our staff has guaranteed contractual paid hours is just as important. We are dedicated to providing our employees with a stable and rewarding environment to work in, and joining the Living Hours movement shows just that.
Living Hours companies must guarantee:
- A minimum of 16 hours’ work a week (unless an employee requests otherwise)
- A contract that accurately reflects hours worked
- At least four weeks’ notice of shift changes
Our staff are employed on a contractual basis that guarantees these minimums, but in reality, all of the ReAgent team are on full time contracts of 37.5 hours per week. The exceptions come where staff may request slightly shorter hours or reduced weeks.
We do not believe in the use of zero hour contracts – we believe that Living Hours provides the stability and sense of belonging required to develop a good culture within an effective working team.
Why are Living Hours so important?
Workplace figures for the UK are truly astonishing. As you can see in the graph below, around 21% of workers across the country experience work insecurity – that’s 6.6 million people. Of that number, over 3.5 million people not only experience insecure work, but also are working below the Living Wage as set by livingwage.org.uk.
ReAgent will not be part of contributing to these figures. As a Living Hours accredited employer, we offer our employees secure employment with a fair baseline salary. With our staff at the heart of everything we do, we believe it’s important not only to guarantee a living wage, but also that our employees work enough hours to meet living expenses.