IWFM today (15 July) submitted evidence to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the independent body that advises the government on National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) levels.
Peter Brogan, IWFM’s head of research and insight, took part in an oral evidence session with LPC commissioners to give an overview of the workplace and facilities management profession, its contribution to the UK economy – notably in keeping people and workplaces healthy and safe during the pandemic – and the practices and policies that affect its members.
He also spoke about how the FM sector responds to the NMW/NLW rates and some of the challenges it faces in the wider environment.
This is the fifth year that IWFM has taken part in this annual consultation, which will shape the LPC’s recommendations on the minimum wage rates to apply from the following April. IWFM welcomes this chance to put forward evidence on the impact of the NLW/NMW in the FM sector as these rates affect many low-paid employees within the sector – especially those working in soft services.
The institute has also submitted its detailed written response to the consultation, considering the effects of the pandemic on business conditions in the sector, in particular on employment and hours, pay and benefits, and the prospects for economic recovery.
The institute’s oral evidence and written submission were principally informed by the results of two of its regular surveys of members and the wider profession. The IWFM Market Outlook Survey 2021 report reveals an emerging optimism within the sector tempered by concerns about the unknown economic climate and the potential long-term impact on the sector of widespread changes in working practices. Meanwhile, the recently published IWFM Pay and Prospects Survey 2021 report reflects the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across a range of topics, from employment expectations to advancement ambitions.
The institute has for many years advocated that people must be paid a fair wage for a day’s work and actively supports this as an accredited Living Wage Employer and a member of the Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Providers Leadership Group – sector organisations who promote the real Living Wage (a higher rate than the National Living Wage) to clients and supply chains, helping to end low pay in the UK’s poorer paid service sectors. In partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, it has produced guidance on the Living Wage, outlining the benefits and practicalities of paying it for the FM profession.