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Jersey Development Company becomes the first developer in the construction industry to become accredited as a Living Wage employer

Jersey Development Company (JDC), the Government of Jersey’s property development arm, has been accredited as a one of Jersey’s Living Wage employers. The organisation is responsible for investing and completing the development of the St Helier Waterfront and regenerating Government owned property no longer required for the delivery of public services. JDC creates employment for local people, new homes for local residents and new Grade A office space for the island’s premier financial services industry.

Jersey Living Wage Campaign – Caritas Jersey has been licensed by the Living Wage Foundation in the UK to manage and co-ordinate the promotion of a ‘Living Wage’ in Jersey. The Living Wage campaign is one of Caritas’ three main projects; the other two being the Social Inclusion Project and the Prisoners' Families Support Scheme. The purpose of encouraging employers to sign up as Living Wage employers is to play a part in Caritas’ aim to eradicate poverty in Jersey.

The Living Wage takes into account the cost of living, taxes and the value of benefits available to working people on low incomes. Its aim is to make sure that, on average, a worker receiving the Living Wage rate, topped up by in-work benefits, earn enough to be able to live with dignity and to thrive, not just survive within our Jersey community.

Lee Henry, Jersey Development Company’s Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be formally accredited as one of Jersey’s Living Wage employers. JDC prides itself on being a responsible employer and this demonstrates our commitment to paying the ‘Living Wage’ to staff that are employed directly by the company, and also to local staff employed indirectly through its sub-contractor partners. We believe that all employees should be fairly recognised. This accreditation helps demonstrate JDC’s commitment and we hope this encourages other employers in Jersey to follow suit and become part of the growing movement towards fair wages for all.”

The Jersey Living Wage Campaign Team Leader, Jennifer Bridge, said: “I anticipate that Jersey Development Company’s accreditation as a Living Wage employer will be really impactful on the industry in Jersey. I hope Lee Henry’s leadership in stewarding JDC to become the first developer in the construction industry to be accredited will inspire others to follow suit.”

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