New employers in Saskatoon & Weyburn join the Living Wage campaign
The Living Wage YXE campaign is excited to announce our two newest Living Wage Employers, and the first outside of Saskatoon. Head to Tail Pet Spa and the Weyburn Credit Union have committed to providing their employees a living wage. This makes for eight certified Living Wage Employers in Saskatchewan.
The living wage is what a family of four needs to earn to stay healthy and productive. It covers the local cost of necessities like shelter, food, clothing, and child care. In Saskatoon, both parents need to be working full-time for $16.19 per hour to meet this standard. In Weyburn, the same family needs to earn $15.59.
“Paying an employee what they are worth keeps the work environment positive and helps reduce turnover” say the owners of Head to Tail Pet Spa Michal and Brigit Willtons. For the Weyburn Credit Union, providing a living wage is one way they set themselves apart from other employers. “By being Weyburn’s first Living Wage Employer we hope we can inspire other employers to follow in our footsteps” says Ashley Becker, Human Resources Generalist with the credit union.
Research on businesses who provide a living wage has found they experience less employee absenteeism and turnover than their peers, which means less is spent on hiring and retraining. Employee engagement improves as well, resulting in better customer service.
Living Wage YXE is interested in working with employers all over Saskatchewan who want to learn more about our campaign and the benefits of paying a living wage.
Smart business owners know that their success depends on the success of their team.