The Vella Group is proud to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage employer.
The past 18 months have been a very difficult time for the repair industry and the people who work in it. Conditions have been tough - reduced traffic volumes led to reduced work volumes, and the knock-on effect has out businesses and livelihoods at risk.
Becoming a Real Living Wage employer was the next logical step in the business' commitment to investing in its employees. The Real Living Wage is calculated on the basic cost of living and exceeds the UK Government's National Living Wage.
With inflationary pressures a reality for everyone, paying the Real Living Wage is an important step in helping to ensure that all employees can afford the basics in life, and have enough left over to live on. The Real Living Wage also rises annually, adding additional security that it will be reviewed in line with the impact of the economy and the cost of living.
As a business, The Vella Group made a commitment at the onset of the pandemic to support its employees. They refrained from making any cost related job cuts, and instead looked to expand on the work already started to build an industry leading package for employees.
Over the pandemic period, the business implemented a number of measures such as raising holiday allowance, expanding flexible working support, improving paid leave policies including maternity, paternity, and sickness, and ensuring a robust level of support is available for all employees that require it, both internally through the HR team and externally through industry support such as BEN.
Helen Driscoll, HR Director at The Vella Group, commented, "The Leadership Team has always had a real belief in wanting to be an ethical business, and one in which everyone has the opportunity to develop and earn a decent living. We also have genuine conviction in caring for and supporting the wellbeing of our team members. This is a commitment we all share and one in which we shall be building upon continually as we grow as a company.
"Joining the Living Wage Foundation is just part of our continued journey to offer an unrivaled support and benefits package for our employees."