Living wage goes public north of the border

Wednesday 4th November 2015

The Scottish government has introduced new statutory guidance which states that firms bidding for public sector contracts will be expected to pay employees the living wage. There has also been a ban on the use of “zero-hours” or casual contracts and Companies will be required to commit to giving workers and “active-voice” in the workplace.

All of these measures have been launched as part of the Scottish Government’s drive towards fairer work procurement practices.

The Scottish Government itself pays its own workers the living wage which has just risen to £8.25 an hour.

Given the Chancellor’s proposals to replace the minimum wage for over 25s with a “Living Wage” next April, it is possible that the rest of the country will follow suit.

Click here to read the article on BBC News.