Why We Became a Real Living Wage Employer

We believe in our people, and they stand at the heart of our success. It’s as simple as that.


We chose to make a long-term investment as an accredited Living Wage employer based on our own values, as well as the tangible benefits to our services and the communities in which we operate.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, set independently from the National Living Wage, and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation, and is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.

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Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage, based on a basket of household goods and services, on a voluntary basis as opposed to the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage which are statutory obligations. The Real Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living, and it is intended to allow people to provide for themselves and their families.

There are currently more than 9000 accredited Living Wage Employers, 93% of which have seen noticeable and unambiguous benefits to their businesses.

Read our full Living Wage Statement here:

We are enthusiastic about the many advantages that Living Wage Employers enjoy. These include but are not limited to:

  • Staff retention and reduced turnover
  • Reduction in absenteeism
  • Heightened employee engagement
  • Increased commitment to organisation
  • Ethical employment practices
  • Reduction in poverty affording people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families

Our people comprise one of the four pillars of our responsible business model. The payment of the real Living Wage is part of our continued commitment to building a strong, resilient, and positive culture, one which ensures everyone can flourish and reach their potential.



We also strive to make the communities we operate in a better place and we are confident that payment of a real Living Wage can have a positive impact. We expect improvements to our delivery of services as well as economic and social benefits. We are committed to providing a better quality-led, value for money service and feel the payment of a Living Wage can contribute to this goal.

As part of our decision to become a Living Wage Employer, we have made a number of commitments which align with our values:

  • We will continue to pay the real Living Wage for all our directly employed staff.
  • We will increase the wages we pay if the real Living Wage is amended nationally by the Living Wage Foundation (subject to budget) and implement as soon as possible.
  • We will aim to encourage and promote on a case-by-case basis that all employees of our contractors working on qualifying service contracts be paid the real Living Wage.


If Kenny Waste Management sounds like the perfect workplace for you or someone you know, our available openings can be viewed on the dedicated Careers page.

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