Roseanna Cunningham opens new offices and praises Brightwork Group
In doing so, the company has become the first in the Scottish recruitment sector to become a Recognised Living Wage Service Provider.
The Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham was speaking at a ceremony in Glasgow today (October 29) to mark the official opening of new offices in Bath Street in Glasgow for the Group, which employs 67 people in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
She said: "Tackling low pay is a key priority of the Scottish Government and we fully support the Living Wage Campaign. We welcome the commitment of employers, such as the Brightwork Group, which in becoming a Recognised Living Wage Service Provider, has joined the growing number of employers who recognise the benefits of paying the Living Wage."
The Living Wage in Scotland currently stands at £7.85 per hour, well above the £6.70 adult rate of the UK National Minimum Wage. By introducing the new pay rate, the Brightwork Group joins major employers such as Standard Life, SSE and RBS.
Derek May, Brightwork Group Chief Executive, said: "Many people within our business earn considerably in excess of this rate, but by introducing the Living Wage we are committed to ensuring that no one in our employ will be paid below it."
"Around 80 per cent of our temporary candidates are paid the Living Wage or above, and it is certainly not for us to suggest that those of our customers whose business model does not permit them to align themselves with the Living Wage should do so.
“We know, however, that paying the Living Wage has a number of tangible benefits including better candidate attraction, higher retention rates and lower rates of absence.”
The Brightwork Group saw turnover rise by 3.6 per cent to £32.65 million in the year to December 2014 and made significant investments in headcount, support staff, training and marketing over the year.
Its strong growth dictated the move into its new offices at 193-199 Bath Street, which are double the size of its previous premises in St Vincent Street in Glasgow.
Officially opening the new Brightwork Group offices, Ms Cunningham noted that the Living Wage movement has been gaining momentum across Scotland with the number of employers paying it increasing significantly since she became responsible for the Fair Work portfolio.
She said: "We recognise the real difference that a fair wage makes to the people of Scotland and we encourage employers throughout the country to follow the Brightwork Group's example."
The Brightwork Group was established in 2006. Since then it has established itself in drinks and industrial recruiting, supplying thousands of workers every year to household name Scottish enterprises.
It has also built up a thriving specialist recruitment arm, BWSR, focusing on the professional, technical and managerial sectors. Brightwork Group’s Quality Link Recruitment (QLR), the respected Scottish staffing and event management service, supplies the catering and hospitality sectors.