Stagecoach Group and Perth and Kinross Council have been urged to formally become Living Wage accredited employers.
Following news that both organisations support the campaign to make Perth Scotland’s first Living Wage city, Fair Work Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has highlighted how accreditation would see them join SSE, Aviva and more as Living Wage employers in the city.
Ms Cunningham has written to both to outline the benefits of the Living Wage, not just to the individual, but also the recognition for firms and promoting the approach to other employers. She said:
“I was delighted to read of the support that Stagecoach Group and Perth and Kinross are giving to the campaign to make Perth Scotland’s first Living Wage city.
“Paying the Living Wage brings clear benefits to individual members of staff but, with accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation, businesses too can reap the rewards.
“As well as setting an example to others, research has shown a potential for a fall in absenteeism, improved staff engagement and productivity, and a significant impact on recruitment and retention.
“The Scottish Government fully supports the Living Wage campaign and encourages all employers across Scotland to pay it. We have announced almost £500,000 to support fair work in Scotland as well as our intention to set up a Fair Work Convention to assist in the establishment progressive workplace practices, boost innovation and productivity.
“I have written to both Stagecoach and the local authority to ask them to consider joining the growing number of Living Wage Accredited Employers and help Perth towards becoming a Living Wage City.”