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Living Wage Awards Winners Announced

Posted: 2018-11-13 17:15:27

Living Wage Awards Winners Announced

All the awards finalists of the Living Wage Scotland Awards 2018 (photo by Erika Stevenson)

Scottish top employers for fair pay revealed

The top Scottish employers for fair pay have been announced by Living Wage Scotland.

Presented at the Living Wage Expo held at Tynecastle Stadium yesterday, the Living Wage Scotland Awards celebrate progressive employers who pay all of their staff at least the real Living Wage- which this week increased to £9.00 per hour - and harness the business benefits this brings.

 

The 2018 winners are:

 

                             Award Title                                                                      Winner Name      

 

Living Wage Scotland Employee Choice Award 2018

 

Business Stream

Living Wage Scotland Industry Trailblazer Award 2018   

 

Auchrannie Resort

 

Living Wage Scotland Newcomer of the Year Award 2018            

 

Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens

Living Wage Scotland Voice of the Year       

J&A Mitchell and Co Ltd

 

Living Wage Scotland Anchor Institution Award 2018

 

South Lanarkshire Council

Living Wage Scotland Outstanding Leadership Award 2018

Standard Life Aberdeen

 

 

The following organisations are highly commended as finalists:

 

                    Award Title                                                              Employer Name      

 

Living Wage Scotland Employee Choice Award 2018

 

Scottish Beer Tours

Claremont Centre

Living Wage Scotland Industry Trailblazer Award 2018   

Brewgooder

Kilderkin Group

Living Wage Scotland Newcomer of the Year Award 2018            

 

Panda & Sons

Quay Community Improvements

Living Wage Scotland Voice of the Year       

Moray Foodbank

Scotrail

 

Living Wage Scotland Anchor Institution Award 2018

 

Fife Council

Glasgow Caledonian University

Living Wage Scotland Outstanding Leadership Award 2018

Dundee City Council

Scotland Excel

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dave Watson, recently retired Head of Policy and Public Affairs at UNISON.

 

Julie McGahan, Manager at Living Wage Scotland said:

“Congratulations to all of our award winners and finalists who are leading the way in highlighting the importance of the real Living Wage.

“As the first ever Living Wage awards for Scotland, it has been fantastic to hear from employers of all sizes and sectors from all over Scotland tell us about the ways in which they are championing the real Living Wage.

“The winners and finalists include employers in hospitality and childcare, from SMEs to FTSE 100 corporations, from Moray to Campbeltown.

“We hope that our awards will inspire more organisations to consider joining the Living Wage employer movement, and for those who have already done so, to continue working with us to lend their valuable support to the movement”.

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

“I am delighted to see Scotland host its first ever Living Wage awards – and would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists on their achievements.

“The real Living Wage not only helps to ensure people’s basic pay meets the cost of living and recognises the work they do, but this increase will benefit businesses by increasing staff retention, productivity and boosting morale in the workplace.

“Scotland is already the best performing country in the UK in terms of paying the real Living Wage and ahead of the curve when it comes to championing fairness in the workplace. These awards highlight the fantastic work organisations up and down the country are already doing in order to help make this happen.”

The Awards ceremony at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh on Thursday 8 November 2018 was hosted by Sarah Jackson, OBE.

Guest speakers included Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills, Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen and Anna Ritchie Allan, Executive Director of Close the Gap. The event also included a panel discussion with staff from Heart’s Football Club on the benefits of receiving the real Living Wage.

 

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