Creative Week: Bull & Wolf



Bull & Wolf Film Co is celebrating being accredited as a Living Wage Employer. As part of its commitment to doing business in a better way, it is proud to have made the commitment that all staff and contractors are paid at least the real Living Wage. Its Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Bull & Wolf receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the Government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.

Bull & Wolf is based in the south west, a region where almost a fifth of all jobs (18.1%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 424,000 jobs. The creative and video industries can be particularly bad for low pay, something that Bull & Wolf wants to tackle. That’s why it has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, no matter what level.

Bull & Wolf MD, Joe Turnbull, said: “We are delighted to now be a Living Wage Employer, joining a growing number of businesses across Cornwall and beyond. As a company we are growing fast and want to make sure that this is sustainable growth that gives back to the people who work so hard for us. It’s part of our drive to make sure we push the boundaries of what is possible in the creative sector, which can sometimes have low pay.”

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Joe added: “While the Living Wage sets only the base level of our pay, it extends to any freelancers we work with and represents our desire to make sure our pay rises in line with the cost of living.”

Zenobia Thomas-Atkin, studio Assistant at Bull & Wolf, said: “Joining the team through the Kickstart Scheme, I feel I am worth more to the business by Bull & Wolf going above the Government Minimum Wage and instead paying the Living Wage. To me, this shows that they value my work and contribution.”

Katherine Chapman, director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that Bull & Wolf Film Co has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Bull & Wolf Film Co, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”


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