Posted on: August 1, 2018



We are very pleased to announce that Rutherford’s, has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

As the first punting company in the UK to support the Living Wage movement, Rutherford’s look to lead the way in the leisure and tourism boating sector.

Rutherford’s have pioneered punting practices in other areas too, from Apple Pay to Alcohol Licencing, Founder Emma Wynne is a qualified Iyengar yoga instructor and used her understanding of anatomy to design additional supports on each boat for greater comfort.

This means that every member of staff in our organisation earns not just the minimum wage, but the real Living Wage. Fair pay for our employees!

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone 18+ working at Rutherford’s, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK.

This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour as introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.


“We’re immensely proud to be a part of the Living Wage movement as an accredited Living Wage Employer. Cambridge is notoriously expensive as a city, and it’s only fair that our wages reflect the cost of living for our employees.

“We’re really excited to be the first punting company in the UK to be a Living Wage Employer. Cambridge once again beating Oxford, this time to the Living Wage commitment!”


Emma Wynne, Founder


Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross- party political support.

Tess Lanning, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Rutherford’s to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.

“We are a movement of over 4,400 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs
and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Rutherford’s, join us because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”


We believe that every employee deserves a Living Wage, because a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay!



Rutherford's Living Wage Plaque

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