BBC looks at secret behind High Access success story

In February high-level property maintenance and service provider, High Access, announced that it had committed to paying all staff the UK Living Wage.

The bold move saw every employee receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 – and has been acknowledged by the BBC who are featuring the company this week in its upcoming documentary ‘Can Britain have a payrise?’.

With new Prime Minister Theresa May pledging to focus on “rewarding hard-working people with higher wages”, the programme focuses on the debate surrounding the living wage, using High Access as a case study and continuing the debate with the studio audience.

Fiona Carter who is HR Director at High Access and will feature on the programme, commented: “To say that introducing the UK Living Wage has been a beneficial step for High Access would be an understatement. The feedback we’ve received from the team has been overwhelmingly positive and, in return, we have seen an improvement in productivity and employee morale. We understand the new wage levels have proved challenging for some businesses to maintain so don’t make light of it but our business is doing well and this is only because of our people. We want to make sure they are rewarded appropriately for all of their hard work.”

The programme will air at 8pm on Wednesday 24th August on BBC2.

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