29 Jul 2019

Islington Council recognised by the Mayor of London as a ‘Good Work Standard’ employer

Islington Council has become one of the first employers to achieve the Mayor of London’s ‘Good Work Standard’, a new benchmark for high employment standards.

The Mayor’s Good Work Standard sets the benchmark for the best employment standards and helps employers contribute to a fairer and more inclusive London economy. It has been developed in collaboration with London's employers, trade unions and professional bodies and sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to achieve, including paying all staff at least the London Living Wage, currently set at £10.55 an hour.

By signing up to the Mayor’s Good Work Standard, employers signal that they are committed to offering healthy, fair and inclusive workplaces. A range of public, private and voluntary sector employers have already signed up to the scheme.

To meet the high standards of accreditation, employers are required to demonstrate how they have implemented a range of requirements covering fair pay and conditions, wellbeing, skills and progression, and diversity and recruitment.

The council was proud to confirm that we:

  • Pay our all our staff and apprentices the London Living Wage as a minimum
  • Encourage our supply chain to become accredited Living Wage employers
  • Have set up staff networks and forums to promote under-represented groups in our workforce
  • Have put in place and promote flexible working practices
  • Provide volunteering leave and promote volunteering opportunities to staff
  • Support parents and carers returning to work 
  • Offer high-quality apprenticeships and training opportunities
  • Give all our staff access to coaching or mentoring
  • Actively participate in school and community outreach programmes
  • Build fairness into recruitment processes, for example through anonymised, ‘name- blind’ shortlisting

Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, Performance and Community Safety, said:

“We are delighted to be among the first wave of London employers to be awarded the Mayor’s Good Work Standard. Our ambition is to make Islington a fairer place to live and work. We were the first accredited Living Wage council in the country and are committed to developing the diversity, wellbeing and skills of our team. As well as doing the right thing by our staff, we want to see a more inclusive local economy too, so we hope that other Islington employers will follow our lead.”

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