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A happier, more productive workforce

Published: 1 Nov 2015 00:01

Living Wage Week kicks off.

The benefits of better pay for staff have been highlighted at the start of Living Wage Week 2015.

Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham has cited research that highlights better staff morale, improved productivity and reduced absence rates as key benefits for employers that pay the Living Wage.

With 81 per cent of Scots employees now receiving at least the Living Wage – the highest rate in the UK – the Living Wage Foundation will announce an increase to the Living Wage from £7.85 early next week.

Ms Cunningham said:

"This promises to be the most high profile Living Wage Week to date and I am very pleased to be getting involved, alongside a number of other ministers, over the course of the week.

"Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. Research into the Living Wage published earlier this year highlighted considerable positive benefits for employers that choose to offer a higher pay rate.

"While we have made considerable progress in the last year, we will continue to encourage employers across the public, private and third sectors to pay the Living Wage, which is aimed at reducing low pay and ensuring nobody misses out.

"Living Wage Week marks an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the value that the Living Wage could bring to employers, and help encourage them to consider paying it. Furthermore, we will take every opportunity to highlight the differences between the Living Wage and what the UK government announced earlier this year.

"The Chancellor's so called 'national living wage' is nothing of the sort. It's lower than the actual Living Wage, which is worked out based on need. Ahead of the setting of a new rate this coming week I am calling on more employers to embrace the concept of fair work and better pay."

Notes to editors

'Wider Payment of the Living Wage in Scotland – Issues for consideration' can be found here.