Arena HR has become an accredited Living Hours employer in Scotland. Arena HR are a Human Resources consultancy in Ayrshire who support and enhance positive working environments through the #doingHRright movement.
Living Hours accreditation requires employers to pay the real Living Wage to all their employees over the age of 18 and commit to providing at least four weeks’ notice for every shift, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period.
Living Hours employers also provide a guaranteed minimum of 16 hours every week (unless the worker requests otherwise), and a contract that accurately reflects hours worked.
Arena HR has been an accredited Living Wage employer since 2021. This announcement of their commitment to Living Hours further demonstrates the importance they place on setting standards for fair work. Research published recently by the Living Wage Foundation showed that over 9% of workers in Scotland are in insecure work and paid below the Living Wage. This is approximately 250,000 workers. The Living Hours standard was created to ensure that people have predictable working patterns and income, enabling them to better plan their lives.
Laura Rennie, Managing Director/Founder, Arena HR said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive this accreditation to complement our Living Wage Employer status. As an HR consultancy we have to practice what we preach so it was an obvious consideration for us. We are excited to see what this ‘new string to our bow’ will develop into, not least the positive impact it will have on our workforce knowing that they are appreciated and feel valued.”
Christine McCaig, Projects Co-Ordinator, Living Wage Scotland said:
“There are over 3000 Scottish-based employers that are committed to paying at least the real Living Wage, and it’s fantastic to see Arena HR take further steps to protect their workers from low pay and insecure work by becoming Living Hours accredited.
The values that led them to commit to the real Living Wage are the same values that have led to their expanded commitment to fair work at a time when workers need it most.”