A-Plant Adopts Real Living Wage

A-Plant, the UK’s leading equipment rental company and part of FTSE 100 company Ashtead Group plc has become an accredited Real Living Wage (RLW) employer. This will lead to salary increases for over 700 employees across the A-Plant business.

Based on the cost of living, the RLW is a voluntarily paid minimum hourly rate of pay, which is significantly higher than the government’s minimum wage. In making this commitment, A-Plant has become the first major equipment rental company to adopt the Real Living Wage.

Sat Dhaiwal, Chief Executive Officer of A-Plant said, “We are delighted to be leading the equipment rental industry by voluntarily paying a Real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government standard. We feel it is extremely important to take care of our colleagues and in recent months and years, we have made great strides forward in our aim to become the employer of choice in our sector.

We will be also be working with our suppliers to see how they can make a stand and adopt the Real Living Wage.”

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said, “We are delighted to welcome A-Plant to the growing movement of accredited Living Wage employers who are voluntarily going further than the statutory minimums to ensure their employees can earn a wage, which is enough to live on.

"Living Wage employers report a more motivated and productive workforce; paying the Real Living Wage is both good for business and good for society. As the first major equipment rental company to accredit as a Living Wage employer A-Plant is showing great leadership in the sector, and we hope their commitment will encourage other great businesses and organisations to go above and beyond the government minimum."