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Jobs rise as Talbots Law becomes a ‘living wage’ employer

BLACK Country law firm Talbots Law has celebrated becoming an officially accredited “living wage employer” by announcing its biggest recruitment drive ever.

The law firm, which became an employee-owned trust in 2021, is creating 100 new positions over the next 12 to 18 months, reflecting the company’s expansion in all areas of law, including including transfer of ownership, business, employment, family and trusts and estates.

Available jobs range from senior legal positions and administrative roles to business support vacancies.

With six offices across the Black Country and Worcestershire, Talbots Law has taken advantage of the expansion to become the fifth law firm in the region to be a Living Wage employer.

The move delivers on a commitment to pay its employees above market wages to recognize the true cost of living and working in the UK.

It means the company, which employs 300 people in seven offices in the West Midlands, joins an elite list of 9,000 UK businesses that have taken up the pledge, including big brands such as Ikea, Nestlé, KPMG , Everton Football Club, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon. Houses.

Dave Hodgetts, CEO of Talbots Law, said, “As a leadership team, we are committed to continuing our philosophy of putting our people at the heart of our business. brain.

“We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and having happy, well paid and motivated staff encourages this. It is important that our staff feel supported and earn a salary that reflects their contribution and enables them to provide the life they want for themselves and their loved ones.

“We are proud to be the fifth law firm in the Midlands to achieve accreditation and, as always, we will continue to explore ways to lead the way and bring about positive change in the region.”

Almost a fifth of all workers (19.3%) in the West Midlands earn less than they need to earn a living, with around 434,000 jobs paying less than the actual living wage.

The living wage commitment means paying an hourly rate well above the national minimum wage for each employee, meaning staff will receive a minimum of £9.90 per hour.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, added: “We are delighted that Talbots Law has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who are voluntarily committing to go further than the government minimum. to ensure that all of their staff earn enough to live on.”