Living Wage Foundation

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility and our commitment to offering better benefits to our employees, Image Office Cleaning chose to become affiliated with The Living Wage Foundation.

IOC (Image Office Cleaning) is proud to be one of a handful of Soft Services companies recognized as a Service Provider working to the parameters as set by The Living Wage Foundation.


What is the Living Wage?

  • An hourly rate set independently and updated annually.
  • The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.
  • Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
  • The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
  • Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society.


The facts

An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.

Two-thirds of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organization, 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organization’s commitment to be an ethical employer.


Image Office Cleaning Commitment

Our commitment with The Living Wage Foundation includes, as a minimum:

  • All employees, other than those who are engaged in delivering services under a contract for a specific client, are paid at or above the Living Wage rate.
  • We’ll increase the amount of Living Wage paid to such employees by the amount of any increase to the Living Wage within six months of such an announcement.
  • A separately costed Living Wage complaint bid will be submitted within all ids unless a client expressly requests that we do not do so.


Paul Hart and Scott Bambridge, Group Managing Directors are proud to align IOC with Living Wage Foundation:

“We share the ethos that the Living Wage is a partnership between civil society and business. In the last years, the Living Wage campaign has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty – a remarkable and commendable statistic.

From our perspective, paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. The net effect is increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, better recruitment/retention, improved quality of work, and increased ethical awareness.”