Bristol Airport lands Real Living Wage accreditation

By Nick Batten on 19 June, 2023

Bristol Airport has achieved Real Living Wage accreditation from the Real Living Wage Foundation – an independent organisation that champions fair pay for all.

Currently, more than 12,000 UK businesses voluntarily pay their colleagues the higher award and last week (Wednesday 14th June) Bristol Airport secured the Real Living Wage accreditation across the airport site.

In contrast to the Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage which are both set by the Government, the Real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the actual cost of living. Annual rates are calculated by the Resolution Foundation based on a basket of everyday goods, and overseen by the Living Wage Commission.

Bristol Airport and each of its business partners on site have committed to paying the real living wage as a minimum, and not the lower rates calculated by the Government.

Debbie Hartshorn, People Director at Bristol Airport said, “Bristol Airport is central to the economy of the South West – currently supporting almost 4,000 direct jobs, and around 23,000 jobs across the wider region – and as we expand capacity from 10 million passengers per annum to 12 million passengers per annum we are projected to add a further 5,800 jobs.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that these roles are attractive to candidates and are fairly rewarded, and are delighted to have attained Real Living Wage accreditation ahead of the deadline we set for ourselves.”

Pictured above: Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer , Bristol Airport (centre left) holding the Real Living Wage sign with representatives from Bristol Airport