Duns-based Farne Salmon and Trout offer living wage pledge

BORDERS businesses came together to celebrate National Living Wage Week (14-18 November) at an event at Tweedbank.

The purpose of the meeting was to share their positive experiences as living wage employers while encouraging other local businesses to do the same.

The Scottish Borders Council hosted the Business Breakfast on Wednesday 16 November at Inspire Learning: Tweedbank, to mark this important week by bringing together local organizations to discuss the benefits of living wage.

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And to hear about the experiences of employers and employees who are already paying and receiving it.

Representatives from Scottish Borders College, South of Scotland Enterprise and Eildon Housing Association, among others, were on hand to discuss the importance of the Living Wage group.

The real living wage is an independently calculated rate based on the cost of living and is paid voluntarily by employers.

The rate is currently £10.90. This is different from the UK government’s National Living Wage scheme, which is not calculated based on what employees need to live on. The National Living wage rate is currently £9.50.

Farne Salmon and Trout, based in Duns, is one of the latest Border Organizations to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer. It is the largest private sector employer in the region with a base workforce of 700 people.

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Farne Salmon is one of many Borders companies to recently become a Living Wage Employer.

Rachael Sudlow HR Business Partner at Farne Salmon said: “Farne Salmon are delighted to have achieved accreditation by increasing our wages to pay actual living wages or more, we believe this is a representation of our commitment to our employees. – during this difficult time. .”

Carrie Calder, Manufacturing Associate at Farne Salmon, added, “In the current climate being what it is, Farne’s achievement of Real Living Wage accreditation is a heavy burden on the shoulders of its employees.

Knowing that the cost of everything is going up, our wages help us compete with that.”

Robin Tatler, Executive Member for Communities and Equalities and Chairman of the Scottish Borders Living Wage Group, said: “As one of the largest employers in the Borders region, Scottish Borders Council is extremely proud to be a Living Wage certified employer.

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“The aim of the Scottish Borders Living Wage Group is to encourage every employer in the Borders to pay the Living Wage.

“The best way for us to do this is to set an example for other employers and promote the many benefits of providing fair compensation for the work performed by staff. In the current cost of living crisis, it is essential that we all work together to support the local economy.

“Today’s business breakfast was a fantastic opportunity to bring like-minded organizations together to share their positive experiences in becoming Living Wage Accredited Employers.”

Christine McCaig, Interim Manager at Living Wage Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the growth of the Living Wage network in the Scottish Borders this year as part of Living Wage Week.

“Ensuring that staff receive at least the real living wage is the most important thing employers can do to help their employees cope with the rising cost of living.

“Companies that pay the real living wage reap the benefits in terms of better recruitment and retention, less sickness absence and a more motivated workforce while helping to redistribute wealth more equitably and boost growth. local economy.”

Michael A. Bynum