The core of the Scottish Business Pledge: paying the Living Wage.
In a nutshell
What's the business benefit?
Two-thirds also reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention. In addition, 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased customer awareness of their status as an ethical employer.
Why is this included in the Scottish Business Pledge?
Having a decent wage can help people provide for their families, build self-worth and create a sense of purpose.
Why is this good for Scotland?
Such confidence doesn’t just create a better workforce for today. By supporting families in a fairer society, the Living Wage can help break cycles of deprivation and give Scotland’s children a brighter future.
What should I do now?
Ideally, we would like you to be recognised as a Living Wage Employer, via formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation. This gives you the right to also use the ‘We are a Living Wage Employer’ mark and promote your business as an employer that’s committed to building a better, more sustainable society.
Please note: Paying the Living Wage is the central commitment in the Scottish Business Pledge. We don’t expect every business to be able to adopt every measure right away, but the Living Wage is the core requirement of any Pledge a company makes.
*The Living Wage Foundation does not require employers to pay the Living Wage to volunteers, apprentices and interns.
What help is available if I can’t make the commitment right now?
The Poverty Alliance and Living Wage Foundation can provide information, advice and assistance about the benefits of becoming a Living Wage Employer. Find out more on the Living Wage Scotland website.