17th August 2017
We're delighted to announce that we have been accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
This Living Wage commitment ensures that both direct employees and third-party contracted staff employed by the Arts Centre receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45, significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.
Julie Ellen, Artistic Director at Macrobert Arts Centre commented:
‘We are delighted to receive this accreditation in acknowledgment of our commitment to the Living Wage. We value our staff immensely and the difference their hard work makes to the experience our customers have at Macrobert Arts Centre, so it is important step for us an organisation.
This is a voluntary commitment to an hourly rate that is set independently, updated annually and is calculated according to the real costs of living. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:
‘The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland. There is a strong business case for paying the Living Wage; but crucially allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. We are delighted to congratulate Macrobert Arts Centre on becoming a Living Wage employer, joining the growing movement of over 800 companies in Scotland who want to go further than the government minimum and recognise that Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer. I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited.’
The accreditation programme in Scotland launched in April 2014 and is an initiative from The Poverty Alliance, in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, and is funded by the Scottish Government. More than 820 employers headquartered in Scotland have become accredited. Accreditation is voluntary, and by businesses committing to best practice, it has resulted in over 25,000 people in Scotland receiving a pay rise thanks to the real Living Wage Initiative.