Paying the London Living Wage should be a badge of honour for employers – and it makes good business sense too. As well as making a real difference to their employees’ quality of life, businesses experience significant benefits through increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.
Living Wage Week 2016 saw a variety of events all around Scotland celebrating the commitment of employers across the country to the real Living Wage. With around 3,000 employers across the UK becoming accredited to pay the real Living Wage of £8.45 an hour, Living Wage Week was a chance for a wide variety of employers to celebrate their achievements and look to the future. Alongside these successes, it is absolutely key to challenge ourselves and our colleagues in the public and private sectors to continually do better to get their workers a pay rise.
Playing a vital role in reducing in-work poverty, the adoption of the real Living Wage by so many businesses is a real Scottish success story. Alongside Nicola Sturgeon announcing the new £8.45 rate, we welcomed over 150 employers to our Living Wage Expo at Strathclyde University, a Parliamentary Reception at Holyrood, and a number of employer outreach events attended by Scottish Government Ministers and the public. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in promoting the real Living Wage in Scotland, we have a platform to aim for 1,000 Scottish employers by Living Wage Week 2017. There's no time to lose!
Highlights of 2016's Living Wage Week included Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing the rate:
Peter Kelly of the Poverty Alliance addressing the fabulously attended Living Wage Expo at Strathclyde University:
Hearts showing their support!
The Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn speaking in support of the real Living Wage at MacRoberts LLP:
Dundee City Council host an accreditation event:
And a reception at the Scottish Parliament hosted by Daniel Johnson MSP and sponsored by Standard Life, with a speech by Keith Brown MSP: