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Living Wage continues to gain ground at Brightwork

Brightwork, winner of RI's 2016 Best CSR Initiative Award, has seen a 6% rise in the number of temporary staff being hired at or above the Living Wage compared to this time last year.


Since October 2015, Brightwork (based in Ednburgh and Glasgow), an early adopter of the Living Wage, has ensured that all of its full time directly employed staff have been paid the Living Wage which in Scotland currently stands at £8.25.


The Living Wage is a voluntary rate of remuneration paid by employers distinct from the legally mandated minimum wage which stands at £7.20 for those older than 25, and £6.70 for those under that age.


The Living Wage has been spreading throughout the private sector in Scotland, with over 539 employers now holding Living Wage accreditation. The Living Wage is calculated yearly, based upon travel to and from work, family living expenses, and a yearly holiday, and is announced during Living Wage Week, the first week in November.**


27 MSPs - including SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon; Scottish Labour Party leader, Kezia Dugdale and Scottish Liberal Democrats leader, Willie Rennie, are meeting all the requirements for an accredited Living Wage employer and working to promote it in Scotland.    


Commitment to a fairer wages for all is part of Brightwork’s commitment to a policy of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The company has been using connections established over its ten years of existence to promote the Living Wage as an attractive client attribute.


Shan Saba, business development director for the Brightwork Group, said, “It is great to see our clients and other companies following the example Brightwork sets in making sure that there will be a fairer future for all Scots.


“Progress is slow but steady due, to a degree, to the economic climate, but it is all part of the CSR journey, and our efforts to make each year’s Living Wage Week more equitable for everyone who works to support their family in Scotland.”


Image: Shan Saba (left) with Jeff Blakemore, Comercial Director at Best CSR Initiative Award sponsor, JSA Group 


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