Real Living Wage Employers

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 5 June 2019.

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Photo of Clare Adamson Clare Adamson Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government how many accredited real living wage employers there are in Scotland. (S5O-03330)

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

Scotland has 1,473 living wage accredited employers, which, proportionately, is over five times more than the rest of the United Kingdom.

Photo of Clare Adamson Clare Adamson Scottish National Party

According to living wage Scotland, more than 3,000 workers across Lanarkshire have received a pay increase to the real living wage of £9 per hour. However, low pay is still one of the main drivers of in-work poverty. What action is the Scottish Government taking to encourage more employers to pay, as I do, the real living wage not only in Motherwell and Wishaw but across Scotland?

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

I hope that people will view the figures that I have given on accreditation as positive, although, of course, much more needs to be done. Through our work with the Poverty Alliance, we are aiming over the course of this parliamentary session for an uplift of 25,000 in the number of workers who are paid at least or more than the real living wage as a result of accreditation. Of course, we are also taking forward our fair work first agenda to ensure that, under all job-related grants that are made by our agencies, the living wage is paid, and we are undertaking activity in the social care and early learning and childcare settings to ensure that workforces there are paid the living wage, too.

Clare Adamson made a salient point when she mentioned that she is a living wage employer. That shows that members, too, can show leadership, and should be encouraging all employers in our areas and communities to become accredited and to pay at least the real living wage.