Scottish Government Promoting Security and Fairness
The Scottish Government has become the first national administration in the UK to be accredited as a Living Hours employer following commitments to provide secure contracts and flexible hours.
The announcement was made by Fair Work Secretary Neil Gray at the beginning of Living Wage Week, which highlights the benefits to businesses, employees and the economy of paying the real Living Wage.
The Scottish Government champions fair work through its employment practices and policies, such as specifying that organisations applying for public sector grants must pay at least the real Living Wage and provide channels for staff to have a say in the workplace.
In 2015 it became the first government in the UK to pay at least the real Living Wage.
Living Hours accreditation is awarded by Living Wage Scotland and businesses must meet the following criteria:
- payment of the real Living Wage
- providing a contract reflecting accurate hours worked and a guaranteed minimum of 16 hours a week (unless the worker requests otherwise)
- ensuring at least four weeks’ notice of shifts and guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this period
The real Living Wage rate of £12.00 for employees outside London was announced in October 2023 and applies to newly accredited employers. All existing accredited employers will need to implement the new rate from 1 May 2024.