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Living Wage Scotland on track to deliver target for 7,500 pay rises

Posted: 2018-12-14 14:49:37

Living Wage Scotland on track to deliver target for 7,500 pay rises

Quarriers staff announcing their accreditation with Derek McKay Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work

Living Wage Scotland are on track to uplift a further 7,500 workers across Scotland to at least the real Living Wage by April next year.

The Scottish Government funded programme, which was established in 2014 and is hosted by the Poverty Alliance, is in its first year of a new 3-year strategy which sets out to deliver pay increases to the real Living Wage- currently £9.00 an hour- for at least 25,000 more workers.

Julie McGahan, Manager of Living Wage Scotland said:

“Building on our progress since 2014, we have developed an ambitious 3-year plan to see 25,000 more workers in Scotland have their pay increased to at least the real Living Wage. Since April this year, we have accredited 250 Living Wage employers, resulting in uplifts in pay to the real Living Wage for 6741 workers in Scotland. This is sound progress which puts us well on track to deliver our first year’s target of 7500 uplifts by April”.

Social care charity Quarriers, who recently became accredited, increased the pay of over 1000 workers to the real Living Wage in October. Alice Harper, Chief Executive Officer at Quarriers said:

“Our staff are at the centre of everything we do and contribute daily to the high-quality outcomes provided for all those we support and work with.

“We understand the importance of our staff as they are responsible for driving our values and breathing life into our vision and genuinely transforming the lives of the people we support”.


A Monklands hospital worker who received a pay increase when NHS Lanarkshire became the first territorial Health Board to become accredited said:

“The fact I am paid the real Living Wage means that I have more chance to pay my bills and have some money left over to do the nice things like go to the pictures, treat my children and grandchildren making it all less of a worry.”


Claire Johnston, HR and People Development Manager at Auchrannine Resort on the island of Arran, who increased pay for 170 workers in April and in November won Living Wage Scotland’s Industry Trailblazer 2018 award, said:

“Each member of our team is integral to our business success. We wanted to build a stable team, giving team members the opportunity to build their future in the local community. We are one of the first hospitality businesses to take this step”.

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