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SFHA welcomes the new UK Living Wage rate

Living Wage increases to £8.75 per hour.

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As an Accredited Living Wage employer, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has welcomed the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. Living Wage Week takes place from 5 to 11 November.

In its second year, as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, SFHA has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.

Announced by the Living Wage Foundation, the new UK rate will apply to all staff at SFHA who are over 18 and has increased to £8.75 per hour, while for in London, the rate will increase to £10.20.

Elaine Mulgrew, SFHA Head of Finance and Corporate Services, said:

“We continue to be proud of our involvement with the Living Wage Foundation and encourage contractors who work with us to pay this to their staff also. It’s a win-win for us and not only helps our employees afford to live with dignity but also helps our business by improving motivation and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.

“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere, and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    

For more information about Living Wage Week go to www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week


Attend our Living Wage and Housing Associations event

Taking place at the SFHA Office in Glasgow on 27th Nov 2017, it will begin with refreshments at 2pm followed by Jack Evans Living Wage Accrediation Officer. The event will conclude at around 3.30pm. 

Jack Evans Living Wage Accreditation Officer will help you answer the following questions: 

  • Why the Living Wage matters
  • The process of Living Wage accreditation
  • Living Wage and procurement
  • Why accreditation matters

You can book your place at the FREE event here.