Luss Estates receives accredited status from Living Wage Scotland

LUSS Estates Company received Living Wage accreditation after pledging to pay its employees “a fair wage for a hard day’s work.”

The move will see all staff paid a minimum of £9.90 per hour – a rate which was announced as part of Living Wage Week in 2021.

That’s higher than the government’s current minimum wage for over-23s of £9.50 an hour.

Simon Miller, CEO of Luss Estates, said, “We have a talented and diverse workforce operating in hospitality, retail, green power generation, parking, gas stations, forestry, agriculture, landscaping and property maintenance.

“Luss Estates is proud to recognize the added value to our operations by becoming accredited as a Living Wage Employer.”

More than 14% of jobs in Scotland pay less than the actual living wage, which equates to around 330,000 jobs.

The rate is the only UK salary calculated on the basis of the cost of living and can be adopted by employers on a voluntary basis.

Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance, said: “We all need enough income to cover our needs and protect us from poverty, and it is right for employers to pay a wage that reflects the cost of living. .

“Too many workers in Scotland are being paid less than the actual living wage and, in an era of rising costs, are struggling to stay afloat.

“The real living wage can provide protection against these rising costs.

“Congratulations to Luss Estates Company for their commitment to Living Wage, and I hope other organizations will follow their lead by becoming Living Wage Accredited.”

Living Wage Scotland Director Gail Irvine added: “We are delighted that Luss Estates Company has become a Living Wage Accredited Employer.

“They join a growing movement of over 2,500 employers in Scotland who together want to ensure workers have what they need to thrive.”

Michael A. Bynum