One of the UK’s largest manufacturers of PVC-U building products has announced a new £7.70 hourly rate for its over 25s to beat the National Living Wage - as well as a 2% across-the-board pay rise for the rest of its 550-strong national workforce.
As part of a raft of measures to underpin its investment in people crusade, Blackburn-based GAP; which is headquartered on Shadsworth Business Park, has also awarded 5 additional days of annual leave to its entire workforce; 200 of whom are based in Blackburn.
“We had a good look at our remuneration policies and realised among other things, that it was time to give our lowest-paid colleagues a better standard of living and ensure they feel appreciated and valued,”said GAP CEO Simon Brayshaw. “For some time we’ve been concerned that the £6.50 Minimum Wage just isn’t enough and that’s why we’ve been paying more. But we thought we could do even better. So when we heard about plans to rebadge the current Minimum Wage as the National Living Wage and increase the rate to £7.20 per hour for everyone over 25, we decided to go one step better and increase our rate to £7.70 per hour.”
A privately-owned business, GAP operates two manufacturing and distribution hubs and a network of 40 trade counters across the UK ranging from Aberdeen to Enfield. It plans to expand its reach with a further 24 Depots by the end of 2016 and aims to have 100 by the end of 2017. When work finishes on the 140,000 sq ft state-of-the-art production facility close to its existing corporate offices, it will be the most advanced PVC-U window and door manufacturing plant in the UK and will further underline the Group’s long-term commitment to supporting the local economy and workforce.
Simon Brayshaw added: “Leading GAP into the next exciting cycle of its growth means understanding the importance of developing an engaged and empowered workforce. And engagement comes only when everyone feels that their efforts are valued and they’re doing something worthwhile.
“Though the cost of living in the UK remains static, expectations of a modest 0.1% rise in the price of essential household goods cannot be ignored. To help everyone stay well ahead of any increase, we decided introduce a 2% lift to the basic salaries of all those who aren’t entitled to the National Living Wage increase.”