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Living Wage in Scotland Reaches Landmark 1000th Employer

Posted: 07/11/2017

Living Wage in Scotland Reaches Landmark 1000th Employer

The campaign for the real Living Wage in Scotland reached new high today with the announcement of the 1000th accredited Living Wage employer. Topping the long list of forward thinking employers is the Edinburgh-based porridge innovators, Stoats.  They join organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors in Scotland that have opted to pay that the real Living Wage, ensuring that all of their employees are paid enough to cover the real cost of living.   

The announcement was made during a visit to Stoats company headquarters by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. The Scottish Government has funded the Poverty Alliance to deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, delivered in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, since 2014.

Commenting on the 1000th accreditation Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said:
 
“It's great news that Stoats have joined the movement for a real Living Wage in Scotland. Like hundreds of other employers across Scotland, and thousands across the UK, they know that the Living Wage makes sense both for their staff and their business.  
 
“Across Scotland, people’s budgets are under pressure from rising prices and stagnating wages. In this context the decision of companies like Stoats to pay the voluntary real Living Wage is important.  We hope more companies follow their example
 
“We also want to thank Scottish Government for their support for the Living Wage Accreditation Initiative. It has allowed us to reach this important milestone and remain the fastest growing part of the Living Wage Movement in the UK. 
 
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland said:
 
“I am delighted that Scotland has reached this landmark during Living Wage Week, and I congratulate Stoats on their commitment to pay workers a fair, living wage. 
 
“Through the Scottish Living Wage accreditation initiative, we are helping ensure people’s basic pay meets the cost of living. As well as the benefits to workers, it also makes sense to employers. 
 
“Evidence shows paying the Real Living Wage leads to increased productivity, better morale and lower sickness absence. It also demonstrates to the world that the organisation is committed to treating its workforce well.”
 
Rachel McEwen, Director of Sustainability at SSE plc and Chair of the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Leadership Group added: 
 
“What an achievement for the movement for a Living Wage in Scotland. When the accreditation initiative was launched in 2014 there were only 20 employers signed up. To reach 1000 in a little over three years is remarkable.
 
“The commitment shown by Stoats and companies like them across Scotland is to be commended. They know that investing in their staff is not only central to their future success, but is the right thing to do.
 
“We look forward to working with Stoats and other Scottish companies and organisations as the Living Wage movement in Scotland continues to grow.” 
 
Tony Stone, managing director of Stoats, commented: 
 
“Our staff are absolutely integral to our brand. We appreciate the hard work our team commits to produce 38,000 porridge oat bars by hand daily, consistently delivering quality products for our customers. 
 
“We are very proud to be a Living Wage employer and to receive this recognition from the First Minister on our commitment to our workforce.”

 

ENDS

Notes:

1. The Poverty Alliance is the national anti-poverty network in Scotland. It has lead the Scottish Living Wage Campaign since 2007 and launched the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in 2014 with funding support from the Scottish Government.

2. The announcement of Stoats as 1000th accredited Scottish Living Wage employer comes during Living Wage Week, a week where the commitments of organisations to pay the Living Wage is recognised. Accredited real Living Wage employers in Scotland span private, public and third sectors. Prominent accredited employers include SSE, Standard Life, Barr’s, and Mackie’s. SMEs make up 75% of the total number of employers and one in three local councils accredited. Find out more at www.scottishlivingwage.org/accredited

3. The Living Wage increased this week to £8.75 an hour (£10.20 an hour in London). More than 3,600 employers across the UK are accredited Living Wage employers.

4. Over 25,000 people in Scotland have had a pay rise thanks to the Scottish Living Wage Initiative. For an example of one of them click here: https://youtu.be/MaagH0UPXNo For a list of UK accredited companies visit http://www.livingwage.org.uk/who-pays-the-living-wage?qt-living_wage_schemes=0

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