18 May 2017
800th Living Wage employer accredited.
Gorgie City Farm has become the 800th Scottish-based Living Wage
Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Keith Brown made the
announcement while visiting the farm where he met staff benefitting
from their commitment to fair work principles.
The Scottish Government has set a target of reaching 1,000
Scottish-based Living Wage Accredited Employers by autumn 2017.
Mr Brown said:
"This is a significant step in our drive to promote fairer
working environments for Scottish employees and ensures people's
basic wage continues to meet the real cost of living.
"Paying the Real Living Wage makes sense for businesses. It's an
investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to
increased productivity and reduced staff absence, while sending a
strong signal to customers about fairness.
"I am particularly pleased that Gorgie City Farm has made this
commitment, setting a good example to other employers around the
"We will continue to work with the 'Scottish Living Wage
Accreditation Initiative' to encourage more businesses to recognise
the benefits of paying the Real Living Wage as we move towards
meeting our target of reaching 1,000 Living Wage accredited
employers by autumn 2017."
Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive, Gorgie City Farm, said:
"Becoming a Living Wage organisation is an important milestone
for Gorgie City Farm acting on our charity's principals of
supporting people to live fuller, more equitable lives. Making sure
all our staff are paid the living wage, many whom came through our
support programmes, ensuring they all are valued and able to make
Peter Kelly, Director, The Poverty Alliance, said:
"The Poverty Alliance congratulates Gorgie City Farms for
becoming our 800th accredited Living Wage employer in Scotland .
The real Living Wage has overwhelming support in Scotland, as
demonstrated in a recent Survation poll with 3 out of every 4
Scots supporting it. And over 25,000 people have got a pay rise in
Scotland with the real Living Wage- one that reflects the actual
cost of living. It helps them have a better quality of life -
from being able to do things like afford driving lessons,
save some money for a rental deposit or have a night out at
the cinema with friends.
"Accrediting is one of the simplest and quickest ways to
demonstrate how much employers value their staff with a simple
online form to fill in; it boosts staff morale across the board,
helps retain staff for longer thus cutting recruitment costs,
and many employers report it helps encourage higher quality
candidates to apply."
The new Real Living Wage rate was announced at the end of
October 2016 as £8.45 an hour.
Source - The Scottish Government website