‘Some of our staff have been here a very long time…we appreciate the contribution they make to our continued success.’
Director Adam Mills, explains how the Mayor’s Fair Employment Charter offers a ‘framework’ to improve the health and wellbeing of staff.
Fifth-generation family-owned business Jenkinsons Office Supplies, in Prescot, has joined employers across the Liverpool City Region in backing Mayor Steve Rotheram’s Fair Employment Charter.
Director Adam Mills said the Charter gives the company something to work towards to ensure they are doing all they can for their staff.
“We have an appreciation towards the contribution our staff make to our continued success.
“Some of our staff have been here a very long time. We have got a very loyal and stable workforce. We have a low staff attrition rate, less than 1% a year.
“I believe signing up to a charter like this gives us a framework, something that we can work towards as an employer to make sure we are doing all we can for our staff, whether this be from a health or an income point of view.
“I feel that the more companies that sign up to a charter like this, the better it will be for the region and the North West as a whole.”
More than 50 organisations from across the region have been awarded Aspiring status of the Charter, which encourages businesses to pay staff a Real Living Wage, clamp down on the use of zero hours contracts, provide mental health support, encourage flexible working and engage with trade unions.
A further 85 companies are in talks to sign the charter.
Currently, more than a quarter of the region’s workforce earn less than a Real Living Wage, which is £10.90 an hour for everyone living outside of London, with an estimated 19,000 workers on zero hours contracts.
Jenkinsons began as a typewriter dealership in Liverpool city centre.