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Rest Ashore Cleaning is a company with a social purpose. Paying the Living Wage to our employees and delivering ethical cleaning for West Cornwall. We are passionate about rewarding hard work by ensuring that all cleaning operatives are paid well for their work.

Cleaning is a tough industry in which to work – the invisible work force!

Minimum and National Living Wage

The introduction of the national minimum wage (NMW) started back in 1999. The law to introduce the minimum wage was passed in 1998 by the Labour government and it came into force the next year.

The UK national minimum wage sets out the least a worker can be paid per hour by law. It started at £3.60 for those 22 and older, and £3.00 for 18-21 year olds.

The national minimum wage is currently £8.20 for 21-year-olds and over.

The national living wage is higher than the national minimum wage – workers get it if they’re over 25. The national living wage is currently £8.72 an hour, effective from April 2020.

The minimum wage rate varies depending on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

Current Rate
April 2020
Previous Rate
April 2019 – March 2020
25 and over£8.72£8.21
21 to 24£8.20£7.70
18 to 20£6.45£6.15
Under 18£4.55£4.35
Minimum Wage – Current and Previous Rates

What About the Real Living Wage?

The Living Wage Foundation charity says the “real living wage” is £10.55 an hour in London and £9 in the rest of the UK. The calculation is based on an estimation of how much people need to live, including housing costs, travel household goods and childcare.

The new rates for 2020/21 announced today Monday 9th November 2020 is £10.85 an hour in London and £9.50 in the UK. All employees should receive the new rate by 9th May the following year.

We at Rest Ashore Cleaning pay our cleaners in excess of what is now known as the National Living Wage (25 year old workers and over), is something that we have always tried to do. It enables us to secure the best cleaning operatives, which in turn, ensures that our customers receive an excellent service that we are proud to deliver.

 Minimum WageNational Living WageReal Living Wage
Rate£8.20£8.72£9.30 across the Uk
and £10.50 in London
Age Group21 and
25 and
18 and
How is setRecommendation
from businesses and trade unions
A % of medium earningsCalculation based on
cost of living, goods and services
UK Wage Rates Explained

Why Pay the Real Living Wage?

Staff retention

Paying your employee a fair wage for the work that you do then you are more likely to stick around. High staff turnover is always damaging for businesses.

Stand out

Becoming an accredited Living Wage employer shows that you care about your employees.

Enhance your brand and reputation

Employees are attracted to work for employers that share their own morals and values.


Find out what’s needed to get you living wage accreditation by registering here.

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