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Young Scot becomes Living Wage Employer

22 June 2015 

Young Scot has joined a growing number of third sector organisations and businesses across Scotland in becoming a Living Wage employer.

Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity joins over 200 organisations who have achieved Living Wage accreditation which means all employees and subcontractors are paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour.

The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, which is set independently and updated yearly. It’s estimated 18% of the Scottish workforce earn less than the living wage. Recent research has shown the benefits of implementing the Living Wage could include a better working environment, greater staff engagement and a reduced level of absence.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Young Scot is committed to providing staff with the highest level of support– ensuring we are well equipped to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people.  Becoming a Living Wage employer is part of that commitment.

“We are proud to add our name to the list of other third sector organisations and businesses in Scotland who have taken this important step in becoming Living Wage employers.”

In Scotland, the Living Wage Foundation works with the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative which is operated by the Poverty Alliance.  There are currently over 1,400 Living wage employers in the UK.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “Congratulations to Young Scot on becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

“With in work poverty growing in Scotland, paying the Living Wage is more important than ever.

“There are now more than 200 accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland, and we are delighted that more and more organisations are recognising their role in ensuring that everyone is paid a fair days work for a fair days pay.

“We hope that more businesses will follow Young Scot’s example.”

Further information about the Living Wage can be found at www.livingwage.org.uk.