We are delighted to announce that we have been accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 per hour. This Living Wage rate was announced on Monday 15th November 2021 as part of Living Wage Week. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour (£9.50 from 1 April 2022).

In Scotland, more than 14% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 330,000 jobs. Despite this, SIAA has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay.

Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 52,000 people in Scotland and put over £310 million extra into the pockets of low-paid Scottish workers.

Suzanne Swinton, Chief Executive of SIAA, on the new accreditation; “We have chosen to become a Living Wage accredited employer as we believe that everybody should have access to fair income as it contributes to protecting their dignity and human rights.”

Find out more about the Accredited Living Wage Foundation on their website.

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