Living Wage Employer

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FIFE GINGERBREAD CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT

The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Fife Gingerbread has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Fife Gingerbread, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Fife Gingerbread Strategic Manager, Rhona Cunningham said: “The Living Wage is a fantastic campaign that we are thrilled to be a part of. We will be doing all we can to influence other local organisations to follow suit and pay all staff a fair wage.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.

Poverty Alliance Director, Peter Kelly said: “We are delighted to welcome Fife Gingerbread to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 2,000 leading employers, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as including SSE, Standard Life, Brewdog and Heart of Midlothian FC. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. "