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Companies offered discount to become living wage employers

Published Friday, 02 February 2018

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Organisations across South Lanarkshire are being offered an exclusive discount to sign up for Living Wage accreditation.

The special offer will run until the end of February with local businesses being encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of the special rate.

Accredited Living Wage employers are able to proudly display the Living Wage employer logo, and are listed online by the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Scotland.

Organisations with 10 or less staff will be able to become accredited as a Living Wage employer for free.

Organisations who employ 11-500 staff can access a 50% discount on the accreditation cost and the offer is valid until Wednesday 28 February 2018.

There are a broad range of employers accredited throughout the UK, including big household names like ITV, Google, Ikea and Lush.

Living Wage employers often report improvements in staff retention, attendance, productivity, morale and a boost in company reputation.

In South Lanarkshire, there are more than 50 accredited Living Wage employers who are already reaping the benefits of committing to the real living wage which is currently £8.75 per hour (outside of London) which is significantly higher than the National minimum wage of £7.05 for under 25s, and the national living wage of £7.50 for over 25s.

Councillor Maureen Chalmers, the depute leader of the council said: “By paying the real Living Wage employers are choosing to ensure their staff can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what the campaign is trying to achieve and why great employers sign up for the living wage.

“There are many reasons for signing up. Paying enough to enable staff to live a decent life can help tackle rising levels of in-work poverty. But there are also significant business benefits - it can improve morale, attendance, productivity and staff retention.

“South Lanarkshire Council is committed to tackling in-work poverty and funding this discount scheme is one of a number of actions being taken to promote and encourage payment of the Living Wage and other fair work measures, working in partnership with Living Wage Scotland and other local partners.

“This is the ideal time for organisations to sign up and take advantage of the special offer.”

For more information visit http://scottishlivingwage.org/