Fragrance retailer The Perfume Shop has received living wage employer accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.
The retailer aligned itself with the real living wage this year, signalling its commitment to ensuring all staff are paid fairly, feel rewarded and valued, and as part of its recognition of how the cost-of-living crisis was impacting its workforce.
As a result, it pays employees across the UK at least £10.90 per hour, while those based in London are paid £11.95 per hour. This is on top of the commission they can earn in key trading periods, with managers participating in an annual bonus scheme to ensure that performance is rewarded.
The Perfume Shop has also been working with its key suppliers to ensure they are also committed to paying their employees a real living wage.
Gill Smith, managing director of The Perfume Shop, said: “We wanted to implement the real living wage to recognise the value of our store teams to the business. Formal accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation has been a long-held ambition of ours. It helps us attract and retain some of the best talent, passion and spark on the high street, shopping centre or retail park, demonstrates our commitment to, and care for, our teams at a time of unprecedented cost-of-living pressures, and it was the right thing to do.”
Michelle Fellows, people and development director at The Perfume Shop, added: “We’re proud to be a real living wage employer. We believe that these pay rates, plus all our other benefits and our brilliant culture create some of the very best jobs in retail.”
The Perfume Shop also offers employees a staff discount and its TPS Perks scheme, which offers discounts on other high street retailers to support staff during the cost-of-living crisis. This year, it also launched a virtual GP service, mental health support and lifestyle advice to acknowledge the importance of supporting employees’ wellbeing.