New Discount Scheme Launched in East Renfrewshire

Living Wage Scotland are delighted to be working in partnership with Business Gateway East Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Council to promote Living Wage accreditation to employers based in East Renfrewshire. 

The real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour throughout the UK (£10.85 in London) and is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers that commit to paying the real Living Wage recognise the value of their workers and ensure that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. 

There are now over 2000 employers in Scotland who pay the real Living Wage. This includes 19 employers in East Renfrewshire, across the public, private and third sector, including the council and Barrhead charity Include Me 2 Club (IM2C). 

Being a proud Living Wage accredited employer is one of the clearest messages you can send about your organisation’s values. Employers have told us they have seen the following benefits from accreditation: 

  • Enhanced productivity. 
  • Reduced absenteeism. 
  • Increased applications for vacancies. 
  • Increased staff morale. 
  • Better differentiation from others in their industry. 

Paul McIlvenny, of IM2C said: “We decided to register for the Living Wage accreditation as we operate in sectors that, for a long time, felt devalued, always entry-level and have historically paid the national minimum wage. 

“The Living Wage accreditation enables us to recognise the fantastic effort, energy and impact our team have in people’s lives and across our communities.” 

Businesses can apply online to become an accredited real Living Wage employer and the council is offering funding to cover the cost of accreditation for the first year. 

For more information see the Living Wage Scotland employer guideTo access the accreditation funding, call Business Gateway East Renfrewshire on 0141 319 4662 or send an email to 

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