Living Wage Minister Visits Fife College
Release Date: 09/11/2017 12:08
Fife College Celebrates Living Wage Commitment
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education and Higher Education and Science, visited Fife College to mark Living Wage Week - Sunday 5th to 11th November and celebrate the College’s recent accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
Carol Scott, Vice Principal of Fife College, was delighted to welcome the Minister to the College’s Halbeath Campus in Dunfermline to meet staff and students and find out more about how their recent accreditation and commitment to being a Living Wage employer is benefitting staff and students.
The visit, which was organised in partnership with Poverty Alliance who manage the Living Wage accreditation, enabled the Minister to chat to staff involved in securing Fife College’s accreditation.
The Living Wage accreditation recognises that the College’s commitment to fair pay sees everyone working at Fife College, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually and is calculated according to the real costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis and it enjoys cross-party political support.
The Minister was pleased to visit Fife College and said:
“I am very pleased to visit Fife College to mark Living Wage Week. Living Wage accreditation is not only a fantastic investment in people, but it also has benefits for employers, having been shown to increase productivity and reduce staff absence.
“Scotland punches above its weight in terms of the Living Wage, with well over a quarter all UK accreditations. This week is a fantastic opportunity for me and my colleagues in the Scottish Government to promote the benefits of the Living Wage to even more organisations right around the country.”