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Children’s Charity Recognised as Accredited Living Wage Employer

Posted: 2019-05-31 10:45:55

Children’s Charity Recognised as Accredited Living Wage Employer

Aberlour Child Care Trust have today become accredited as a Living Wage employer with Living Wage Scotland. Bruce Crawford, MSP joined Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly and Director of People Allan Kerr (pictured) to celebrate.

Aberlour was established more than 140 years ago and today is the largest solely Scottish children’s charity, providing help to over 7500 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people. They provide a range of valuable services that work to ensure that every child in Scotland has the chance to flourish.

Their Living Wage commitment will ensure the 600 directly employed staff working at Aberlour, and any third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This rate is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.21 per hour introduced in April 2018.

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

Aberlour Child Care Trust Chief Executive, Sally Ann Kelly said:

“I am delighted to support the Living Wage campaign as I see that Aberlour’s values match the aims of the campaign which are to ensure that working parents and their families do not suffer poverty. It’s good for society and good for organisations.  I’m delighted that Aberlour is now a Living Wage accredited employer”

Heather Davidson, Receptionist at Aberlour Child Care Trust said:

‘I have been working for Aberlour for over 16 years as receptionist and love my job.  For me it has not really been about the money but the people, however it’s great to get that bit more in your pay cheque.  Times are hard so every little counts and makes you feel more appreciated’.

Bruce Crawford, MSP for Stirling said:

'It is very good news that Aberlour have become a Living Wage accredited employer and have enabled their contractors to be also. What a great example they are for other organisations.'

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:

“The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland. There is a strong business case for paying the real Living Wage; but crucially it allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. We are delighted to congratulate Aberlour on becoming a Living Wage employer. I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited”. 

Julie McGahan, Living Wage Scotland Manager said:

“We are delighted to welcome Aberlour Child Care Trust to the Living Wage movement.

“We are a movement of over 1450 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life, Barrs, Mackies, ScotRail, D.C. Thomson and many more.

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

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