May 26, 2022

National Library of Wales Agrees to Pay Staff a Living Wage

From the BBC:

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has announced it will pay the living wage from 1 January, 2015.

It means staff will earn at least £7.65 per hour [$12.04], which will rise by 20p in April; the national minimum wage is £6.50 per hour.

From a the Official Announcement by the National Library of Wales:

“It is a matter of basic fairness that people should get a wage which is enough to live on,” said the Library’s Chief Executive and Librarian, Dr Aled Gruffydd Jones.

“Despite the Library’s challenging financial position we are pleased to increase the salaries of staff who are on the lower bands by responding positively to one of Welsh Government’s most important priorities. As the current restructuring process progresses, it is essential that we are able to pay our staff a competitive salary which in turn helps us not only to retain vital staff, many with scarce skills, but also to attract new members of staff to the Library” he said.

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