Companies are being urged to provide guaranteed minimum working hours for their employees, in a context in which five million people are in low-paid, insecure work. That figure is expected to rise substantially after the pandemic.
The Living Hours initiative comes from the Church Investors Group (CIG) of 60 companies, which seeks to promote ethical investment for the public benefit. It calls on its companies to become accredited Living Hours Employers by agreeing to provide stable minimum working hours as well as pay their staff the “real” Living Wage.
CIG has supported the Living Wage movement, an initiative of Citizens UK, since its inception in 2012. There are now almost 7000 Living Wage Employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to ensure that their staff earn a wage that meets the basic cost of living.
The Living Hours standard calls on employers to provide the right to a notice period of at least four weeks for shifts, with guaranteed payment for cancellation in this notice period; workers should have the right to a contract that accurately reflects the hours that they work, and be guaranteed a minimum of 16 hours a week, unless they request otherwise.