Providing alongside a real Living Wage
Millions of low paid workers are struggling to get the hours they need to make ends meet. The solution? Living Hours alongside a real Living Wage.
A new standard has been developed by the Living Wage Foundation in partnership with employers in Scotland and across the UK that sets out what good looks like.
It calls on employers to provide:
- Decent notice periods for shifts. At least 4 weeks’ notice, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period.
- A right to a contract with living hours. The right to a contract that reflects accurate hours worked, and a guaranteed minimum of 16 hours a week (unless the worker requests otherwise)
This will be underpinned by a new Living Hours accreditation programme with dedicated support for employers.
In May 2019 the Living Wage Foundation published their Living Hours report. This highlights the extent of insecure and precarious work practices which are hitting those on the lowest incomes hardest.