College proud to be a Living Wage Employer
Borders College has been announced as an accredited Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation. This announcement solidifies the College’s reputation as a responsible employer, and sees them join more than 900 other accredited employers headquartered in Scotland.
Pictured are Principal, Angela Cox and Head of HR & Development, Debbie Kerr
The College’s commitment to meet the Living Wage will see all of its employees, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum National Living Wage for over 25s of £7.50 per hour, which was introduced in April 2017. The Real Living Wage hourly rate is set independently, updated annually and calculated according to the real costs of living.
College Principal Angela Cox said:
“I am delighted that the College has been recognised as a Living Wage Employer. We value our workforce and their contribution to the success of Borders College, and believe that should be reflected in the conditions of their employment.”
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:
“I am delighted to welcome Borders College to the Living Wage Employer movement in Scotland. The real Living Wage is one of the most effective means we have of tackling in-work poverty, and Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer.
With more than half of children in poverty in Scotland living in a household where someone works, paying a real Living Wage that reflects the cost of living has never been more important.
I congratulate Borders College on their accreditation as a Living Wage Employer and I hope more organisations in Scotland will follow their lead by getting in touch with us.”
Living Wage Week 2017 runs from Sunday 5 - Saturday 11 November – you can keep up with the news and celebrations of participating employers by following #LivingWageWeek
To find out more about the Living Wage Foundation, visit the Scottish Living Wage website.
Published: Mon 6th Nov, 2017