Scarborough Council has put plans in place to make sure all staff are on a “living wage”.
Officers and councillors met with trade union officials before a joint consultative committee meeting on Friday to officially launch the concept.
In October, the council’s Cabinet agreed to adopt a living wage for those staff on the three lowest pay grades, set at between £6.54 and £7.26 per hour.
By applying the living wage to these grades through a separate discretionary supplement, the hourly payment for 48 members of staff will increase to £7.45.
The living wage will be backdated to July 1, 2013 and arrangements are currently being made to achieve this.
The living wage is based on the concept of the amount of money that is needed to ensure that people are able to live with dignity and provide a decent standard of living for their families.
In addition to the financial benefits to employees, research into those organisations that have introduced the living wage has reported a range of business and wider economic benefits, including reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved “employer of choice” perceptions.