TrustFord will pay its UK staff the actual living wage

TrustFord, the UK’s largest Ford dealership group, which is owned by Blue Oval, must pay the living wage from April 1, 2022, in line with its ambition to be an employer of choice.

Compared to the National Living Wage, which is legally binding for workers aged 23 and over, the actual Living Wage Foundation rates are paid voluntarily by UK businesses.

The calculation is reviewed annually and includes a separate rate for London, where the cost of living is higher.

TrustFord joins thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as AVIVA, Burberry and Lush, who have pledged to pay the ‘real’ living wage to all colleagues except apprentices. All colleagues will be paid the actual living wage of £9.90 (£11.05 in London).

TrustFord, which employs more than 3,000 colleagues in the UK and the Channel Islands, has also announced that it will “significantly” raise base salaries and after-sales service salaries.

Changes will also come into effect to reduce working hours and increase contracts to 5 days a week in their quest to ensure that their colleagues can reconcile their professional and private lives.

In line with its ambition to develop and retain the best people, the company has also recently introduced flexible working hours for all current and future vacancies, as well as a hybrid working policy for all affected jobs, colleagues can now choose to work. from home on certain days with a minimum of 2 days per week spent at work.

Sharon Ashcroft, Director of Human Resources at TrustFord, said: “In line with our ambition to be an employer of choice, paying a minimum of the real living wage is absolutely the right thing to do for our employees. We believe in paying meaningful salaries to all of our colleagues and having a positive impact on their lives.

“Investing in our people and offering flexible working hours and a hybrid work policy means we can help our colleagues establish a positive work-life balance, ensuring we attract and retain the best and most motivated people. We also hope that this will attract more women into the automotive industry, which is very close to my heart. »

TrustFord was previously ranked 20th in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For 2020. It was the fifth year in a row the company had made the list.

Michael A. Bynum