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NEWS UK Workers Still Stuck In ”Spiral Of Low Pay”

New research from KPMG has shown that more than five million people are being paid less than the Living Wage, with the latest figures showing 22% of employees earning below the threshold.

The data also belies a worrying trend which sees part-time, female and young workers as the most likely to earn a wage that fails to provide a basic but decent standard of living.

The research, conducted by Markit for KPMG, shows that the proportion of people earning less than £7.65 per hour (or £8.80 in London) is much higher amongst part-time workers. More than 4 in 10 (43%) take home less than the Living Wage, compared to 13% of full-time employees.

More than 40 years after the first Sex Discrimination Act was passed, the research also finds that women are more likely to be paid below the Living Wage than men. This year’s data shows, for example, that one in four women earn less than the benchmark, compared to 16% of men. And although the number of young unemployed continues to fall, younger

workers remain the most likely group to be caught in the ‘working poverty’ trap. 72% of 18-21 year olds are currently earning less than the Living Wage, compared to just 15% of those aged 30-39.

Mike Kelly, Head of Living Wage at KPMG, said: “Although there are almost 1,000 organisations pledged to pay a Living Wage, far too many UK employees are stuck in the spiral of low pay. With the cost of living still high, the squeeze on household finances remains acute, meaning that the reality for many is that they are forced to live hand to mouth. Inflation may be easing, but unless wages rise we will continue to see huge swathes of people caught between the desire to contribute to society and the inability to afford to do so.”

Good News All Round For Templa CMS

Templa has had a fantastic last few months, with a host of new cleaning and FM contractors joining the fold. The MPS Group has become the latest cleaning contractor to license Templa’s CMS integrated management software. Based in Hockley, Essex, MPS has a turnover approaching £1.5million and employs 130 staff. They provide regular cleaning contracts as well as grounds maintenance, property maintenance and janitorial supplies.

The company’s portfolio of contracted clients is supplemented by a high volume of specialist and one-off cleans, especially in the leisure and hospitality sector where they are very strong. MPS were already a Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll user when they initially entered the market in 2013 for an integrated contract management system. They experimented first with Cleanlink before making a decision in February 2014 to switch to Templa CMS.


Maxim FM, based in Sunderland, has also been added to the ever- growing list of cleaning companies to join Templa CMS. A fast growing provider of cleaning, grounds maintenance, hygiene and soft FM services, Maxim FM were founded only four years ago, with annual turnover nudging £5million, and a workforce of over 500 staff.

The company’s ambitions are clear. They’re already working with UK- wide clients and have made strategic company acquisitions to ensure they can service them effectively. To support their plans they’ve wasted no time in replacing their legacy software systems with all-in-one enterprise software from Templa CMS.

Taking advantage of Templa’s new rental option, MPS have chosen this as the most appropriate solution for their business model. Meanwhile, Maxim FM have followed the outright purchase route and are keen to lay a solid

systems foundation in preparation for a period of rapid expansion during which they aim to become a national provider.

Both companies, who primarily focus on the cleaning market, looked at Templa’s two main competitors, Cleanlink and Target, before signing up with Templa. Rick Stoor, Templa’s Managing Director, commented: “The key benefit of CMS is that it allows companies to grow revenue without a corresponding increase in administration expenses. So, by licensing CMS on a rental basis early on, smaller contractors can enjoy profitability sooner than might otherwise be possible. With Maxim, it’s great to be partnering a company who sees the client service benefits as being just as important as the admin savings. The industry is gradually accepting that software can help drive client satisfaction and prolong client relationships.”

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