Scottish Living Wage week
It was a pleasure to meet Jim Patterson, Director of the Accredited Living Wage company, Henson Projects Ltd today where I welcomed the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour. I too am a Living Wage employer and would urge more employers in Dundee City East to sign up as Accredited Living Wage Employers. The new Living Wage of £8.45 will be a welcome pay rise for thousands of workers across Scotland and in Dundee City East ensuring that people’s basic wage continues to meet the real costs of living. I would encourage all businesses in Dundee City East to consider becoming Scottish Living Wage employers. For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover, while sending a strong signal to customers about fairness. With millions of workers worse off as a result of the UK Government’s welfare cuts, and low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, employers can make a real difference by choosing to pay the real Living Wage.