Welcome to the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative


Gorgie City Farm becomes our 800th accredited employer and was congratulated by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP.



On becoming accredited for paying the real living Wage of £8.45 per hour, Gorgie City Farm Chief Executive Josiah Lockhart said, "We are excited to become a Living Wage organisation, and believe it is an important milestone for us, further acting out our charity's principals of supporting people to live fuller, more equitable lives. Nearly 40% of our staff have come through our volunteering and training programmes, and we believe that supporting them to have a real Living Wage not only gives them a fairer start, but also improves our local economy."



The real Living Wage is currently £8.45 per hour.


Impact for Your Business

Our research shows that paying the real Living Wage helps businesses recruit and retain better staff, reduce absenteeism, and encourage higher productivity.

This is an employer mark that 93% of businesses say has improved their reputation.


Why the real Living Wage is Needed

467,000 people in Scotland don't earn the real Living Wage.

182,000 children in Scotland live in poverty despite having one person in their household in work.

In-work poverty remains a problem.


Getting Accredited

Accreditation is a simple and straightforward process for all Scottish headquartered employers. It is a simple online licence that doesn't require oversight of your payroll or accounts.

All you need to do is pay your directly employed staff over the age of 18 the real Living Wage, as well as paying it to subcontracted workers, such as cleaners, who are regularly on site 2 hours a day over an 8 week period.


What do you get as a Living Wage Employer?

After accreditation, you will be awarded the Living Wage employer mark. You will be fully licensed to use the employer mark to promote your accreditation.

We will publicise your company details on our website next to other accredited employers.

We will also promote your accreditation on social media and you will be invited to Living Wage Week events during Living Wage Week in November each year.


Click here to get accredited now.

We can offer support and guidance to help you discuss the real Living Wage with suppliers.



For information on Living Wage Employers based outside of Scotland, you may wish to visit the Living Wage Foundation website: http://www.livingwage.org.uk/



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