Clean Slate Fair Pay Charter

Clean Slate Fair Pay Charter – Explained

We’re strong believers that happier employees make better, loyal workers. So what does that mean for our customers? Well it means a consistent level of service thanks to lower staff turnaround.

Our Clean Slate Fair Pay Charter is designed to protect and reward our employees based on the below criteria:

  • Clean Slate pay at least the ‘Real Living Wage’ to staff as independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation of £9.50 from their first day of employment (for limited exceptions, see below).
  • Clean Slate never carry out unpaid work trials.
  • Where pay progression within a role is available, Clean Slate will award increases according to objective criteria.
  • Clean Slate will pay men and women equally within roles, and comparable roles will also be paid equally.
  • Clean Slate will pay wages accurately and on time, and rectify any underpayments within 1 working day of being aware of them.
Limited Exceptions:

In limited cases, the Real Living Wage is replaced as follows:

  • Apprentice administration staff will start on £7.60 and will be given 20% of their working time off to study
  • People under the age of 18 working as temporary administrators will be paid £7.60

Where Clean Slate takes over an employee under the provisions of TUPE, they may choose to retain the benefits and pay of their original contract, or change to a Clean Slate contract of employment and receive the Real Living Wage of £9.50

Why is Clean Slate not accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer?

Clean Slate achieved accreditation as a Living Wage employer in 2020 however renewal of this was not sought.  Clean Slate believes that the value of this accreditation in the cleaning industry is lost through the Living Wage Foundation’s “Recognised Service Provider” (RSP) scheme.  Under this programme a RSP can currently indefinitely pay some, or in many cases most cleaning staff the minimum wage (between £4.62 and £8.91) yet still display a similar accreditation logo simply by paying ‘head office’ staff at a higher rate.  For further information on this please visit https://www.livingwage.org.uk/recognised-service-providers.

Clean Slate believe that it is important to actually pay the Real Living Wage Rate to all cleaning staff and that the RSP scheme simply perpetuates the low pay problem within the cleaning industry.