Scouts Scotland celebrates living wage accreditation

Scouts Scotland celebrates living wage accreditation

07 August 2019

We are really proud to announce that we have become accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Scouts Scotland, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This rate is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.21 per hour introduced in April 2018.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Katie Docherty, Scouts Scotland Chief Executive said: “We are so proud to have become accredited as a Living Wage employer.  We have amazing employees who are so talented and dedicated to what they do.  We want to make sure that every single employee feels valued and proud to work for Scouts Scotland, and one of the things that we can do is make sure that we are paying a fair wage that supports a higher quality of life.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said: “The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland. There is a strong business case for paying the real Living Wage; but crucially it allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. We are delighted to congratulate Scouts Scotland on becoming a Living Wage employer. I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited”. 

 Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: “We are delighted to welcome Scouts Scotland to the Living Wage movement.

“We are a movement of over 1500 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life, Barrs, Mackies, Johnstons of Elgin, D.C. Thomson and many more.

“These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Scouts Scotland join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."