Living Wage Places

What is Living Wage

Living Wage Places celebrates employers working together locally to promote the real Living Wage and accreditation. We support employers in towns, cities, and regions in Scotland to achieve Making Living Wage Places recognition.

To begin Making Living Wage Places, get in touch for guidance and support. You can also download our helpful briefing guide.

Benefits of Making Living Wage Places recognition

Places benefit when more local employers commit to the real Living Wage.

More workers can earn a wage that reflects living costs, helping lift families out of in-work poverty, and providing workers with enough to get by.

Local people can enjoy higher levels of disposable income, and local businesses benefit from increased spending.

Employers involved in the Making Living Wage Places scheme can:

  • Access new partnerships and develop relationships with key local stakeholders
  • Increase the profile of their organisation
  • Play a leading role in helping tackle low pay and in-work poverty
  • Enjoy positive marketing of their role in the scheme
  • Help raise the positive profile of their community

How to gain Making Living Wage Places recognition

A group of local Living Wage employers form an action group and create a plan to expand the Living Wage through their place.

The plan is developed with support from us, and we guide the group on celebrating progress towards agreed milestones.

Examples of Living Wage Places

Dundee became the first UK City to achieve recognition for their plan to become a Living Wage City.

Action Group partners include Dundee City Council, Xplore Dundee buses, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee Voluntary Action, Dundee & Angus College alongside local private businesses.

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Their action plan aims to:

  • Double the number of accredited Living Wage employers in the city in 3 years.
  • Engage employers in hospitality, tourism & construction
  • Encourage the city’s major anchor institutions to become accredited

Glenrothes became the first town in UK to be awarded recognition for their plan to become a Living Wage Town.

Action Group partners include Fife Council, Fife College, Fife Voluntary Action alongside local private businesses.


Their action plan aims to:

  • Triple the number of accredited Living Wage employers in the first year
  • Engage employers in care, construction and manufacturing
  • Offer small grants to local businesses to support with accreditation costs

Find out more

Download our Living Wage Places Toolkit which contains a range of case studies, advice and guidance.

Or contact Christine McCaig, Living Wage Projects Coordinator