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Johnstons of Elgin are the 1500th Accredited Employer in Scotland

Posted: 2019-07-10 09:28:53

Johnstons of Elgin are the 1500th Accredited Employer in Scotland

Living Wage Scotland are delighted to announce Johnstons of Elgin has become the 1500th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland.

Living Wage Scotland has hit an important milestone after 5 years of calling for the real Living Wage in Scotland.  Johnstons of Elgin have become the 1500th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland, joining the growing movement of responsible businesses.

The number of accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland has doubled in the last 2 years. At least 37,000 workers have had a pay rise from the 1,500 accredited Living Wage employers, with over £116m extra put into workers’ pockets as a result of the campaign.

From July, over 300 Johnstons’ employees will benefit from a salary increase as the company moves to the real Living Wage, including 100 retail workers. Johnstons of Elgin are Scotland’s second oldest family business and the last remaining vertical mills in the UK that still process the raw cashmere and fine woollen fibres right through to the finished product.

Simon Cotton, Johnston of Elgin’s Chief Executive said:

“Johnstons of Elgin always have employees at the forefront of our strategy, and we recognise the significant part they play in the success of the company. Our ability to move to become a Living Wage Employer is a direct result of the hard work undertaken by every one of our 1048 employees to put Johnstons of Elgin on a sound financial footing. Making this change is something I am delighted to be able to do”

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said:

“Ensuring staff are fairly remunerated, by paying the real Living Wage, is a key aspect of demonstrating commitment to fair work practices. That is why I am pleased to see Johnstons has joined the growing movement of employers across Scotland paying the real Living Wage and congratulate them on becoming the 1,500 employer to obtain accreditation. The Scottish Government has long championed Fair Work and paying the real Living Wage. It ensures that workers are treated fairly and get more money in their pockets. It benefits our economy too, showing that what is good for workers is also good for business and for the economy.”

Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager, said:

“I am delighted to be celebrating such an important milestone with Johnstons of Elgin. As one of Scotland’s oldest family businesses it is fantastic to see Johnstons make this ongoing commitment to their staff, recognising that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

The real Living Wage makes a real and immediate difference to the lives of workers, and at the same time has proven business benefits.  This accreditation and the 1499 before it shows that employers want to go beyond the minimum for their staff and their business. I hope that more employers will follow Johnstons’ lead and become accredited.” 

Now employing over 1000 staff across 2 mills and 5 stores, including their newly opened Scottish flagship store at Multrees Walk Edinburgh Johnstons’ commitment to pay the real Living Wage will see every worker receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This is significantly higher than the government minimum wage of £8.21 for 25-year olds and £7.70 for 21-year olds. Trainee rates will remain in place – but only for the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended maximum of 6 months


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