Living Wage Week - Latest Updates on the Real Living Wage in Fife
LIVING WAGE WEEK 2019 is 11 - 15 November
Fife is embracing the real Living Wage!
There are currently 64 employers across Fife who have achieved accreditation as Living Wage employers, including Fife Voluntary Action, who were one of the first to become accredited in early 2014. We have voluntarily committed to ensure all of our staff and any subcontracted staff earn at least the real Living Wage, which is significantly higher than the government minimum of £8.21.
Check out the full list of accredited employers here.
It will not come as a surprise to learn that third sector employers are leading the way in becoming accredited and showing their commitment to fair pay for all employees. Here at FVA, we're happy to talk to you about the real Living Wage and how to become accredited. We may be able to support organisations to access a subsidised accreditation fee - contact us to find out more!
Glenrothes is the first town in the UK to be awarded recognition for becoming a Living Wage Town. With 11 of Fife’s accredited Living Wage employers based in Glenrothes, together employing the equivalent of 12% of the Fife region’s workforce, good progress has been made but the Steering Group (of which FVA is a member) is very ambitious about getting more employers signed up.
See how to become an accredited Living Wage employer here
The ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ initiative encourages local employers to pay employees the Living Wage. By paying the real Living Wage, employees and businesses will benefit and the reputation and financial wellbeing of the whole town will be improved.
The Living Wage rates are the only rates independently calculated based on what people need to live on. The London and UK rates are increasing by 20p (1.9 per cent) and 30p (3.3 per cent) respectively, with the single biggest factor explaining why the UK wide rate went up more quickly than the London rate being private rental costs (which rose faster UK wide).
Analysis from IHS Markit for KPMG finds that 5.2 million workers are still paid under the real Living Wage; the lowest figure for seven years