Giant news! We are now an accredited Living Wage Employer!

So what does this mean?

Our commitment to our people means everyone receives a minimum hourly wage of £13.15, which works out at approximately £25,000 per year.

Why have we done it?

The communications and the creative industry has long been plagued by unpaid internships, 16-hour days, and low salaries. Things need to change across the board, which is why we want to demonstrate our commitment to fair pay. No-one should work for free. Many of our people, including myself, the co-founder of Made By Giants, did an unpaid internship at some point in their career. These experiences are not positive ones if you are working for free. At Made By Giants, we pay for a hard day’s work.

Many of our people are based in London, a region where 13.3% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – that’s 574,000 jobs. London is an expensive place to live, and we need to acknowledge that. If you are starting your life here, your first few years will demand a lot of sacrifices to make ends meet.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 460,000 people and put £3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Commenting on our accreditation, Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Made By Giants has joined the movement of over 14,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Made By Giants, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

About the Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £12 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £13.15 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.