Aberdeen Living Wage Action Group launches campaign

The Aberdeen Living Wage Action Group has launched a campaign to double the number of Living Wage Employers in the city.

Project launch at Community Planning Aberdeen Responsible Business event coincides with Living Wage Week

It is hoped that today’s announcement will encourage more employers to join the movement to ensure that workers earn enough to meet their needs.

It will involve a mix of employers and stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors.

Research from the Smith Institute has found that if 25% of people on low incomes saw their wages rise to actual living wage levels, it could deliver a £3million boost to Aberdeen’s local economy thanks to an increase in consumer spending.

Inflation and the cost of living have reached 30-year highs. Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

What is the Living Wage?

The real living wage is the only wage rate in the UK calculated on the basis of the cost of living.

In September it was increased to £10.90 per hour in response to the cost of living crisis.

This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over-23s, which is £9.50 per hour.

There are over 2,900 accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland, with over 70 accredited employers in Aberdeen.

However, thousands of city workers still earn less than an actual living wage.

In June, Aberdeen City Council has even been accused of ‘constantly’ advertising jobs below the actual living wage.

“A big step in the right direction”

But Aberdeen City Council’s spokesperson on issues of tackling poverty and inequality, including the real living wageChristian Allard, said: “This is a big step in the right direction for the city.

“It helps Aberdeen’s workforce cope with the current cost of living crisis.

Councilor Christian Allard has been a councilor for Torry and Ferryhill since 2017. He was previously an MEP for the SNP. Photo: Allan Milligan.

“We urge employers across all sectors to get involved and support the movement to make Aberdeen a truly living wage city.”

Rachel Morrison-McCormick, Living Wage Scotland project coordinator, said: “We hope to see many more employers join Aberdeen Performing Arts, Burness Paull and Wood plc in becoming accredited.

Living wage in Scotland was created in 2014 by the Poverty Alliancewith the aim of increasing the number of employers in Scotland who are recognized for paying their staff the real living wage.

Its main funder is the Scottish Government. If you are an employer looking to transition to real living wage, visit Scottish Business Fair Labor Tool.

What is the real living wage and how many earn it in the North and North East of Scotland?

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