The Francis Crick Institute has become an accredited London Living Wage employer. It is committed to paying the London Living Wage to all staff and contractors working at the Crick Laboratory.
Staff and contractors have received at least the London Living Wage since the Crick was formed in April 2015, and the accreditation now ensures this will continue to be the case in the future.
Sir Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute, said: "We're delighted at the Francis Crick Institute to be a Living Wage Employer, paying the London Living Wage. We carry out world-class research into the biology underlying disease, and we want to attract the best possible people to work here at the Crick in the centre of London. We see paying people a fair wage as part of that."
Director of Human Resources, John Macey, added: "The Francis Crick Institute has a national role to play in creating high-quality science leaders, but we are also an integral part of a London community, and also importantly, the local Camden community. Part of that is to be a good employer of local talent and we believe that means ensuring our staff receive a reasonable income. We are therefore committed to the London Living Wage."
Speaking at the British Library yesterday, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced an increase in the London Living Wage. It will rise by 3.7% from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour. The Crick will apply this new rate from December.
Accreditation for employers is provided by the Living Wage Foundation, part of Citizens UK. Accredited employers undertake to meet announced rises in the Living Wage within six months.
Apprentices working at the Crick receive the adult minimum wage (or National Living Wage) along with the support for training they get.
Image: A group of Camden school students visited the Crick to meet John Macey (centre) after speaking at the British Library event of the difference the London Living Wage makes to their families.