Scottish business celebrates Living Wage commitment

Wednesday 06 April, 2016

Weber Shandwick has been awarded Living Wage employer status by the Living Wage Foundation.

The commitment will see everyone working at Weber Shandwick in Scotland, regardless of age and whether they are trainees, permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 for 21-24 year olds and the new government Living Wage of £7.20 for those 25 and over.

Moray Macdonald, Managing Director of Weber Shandwick in Scotland, said: “Our people are our greatest asset and receiving accreditation as a Living Wage Employer further demonstrates that we are a company dedicated to continuously investing in our employees.

“We have recently been awarded Investors in Young People status and continue to seek, train and develop new talent through Weber Shandwick’s 2016 trainee scheme. Four trainees will join us later this year to give ambitious young people the opportunity to learn from a highly experienced team in Scotland and gather valuable experience working across local and global accounts.

“This commitment is not only about investing in the development and opportunities for young people, but also ensuring the company remains innovative, diverse, and engaging.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Sarah Vero said: “We are delighted to welcome Weber Shandwick 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 Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

 

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The hourly rate is set independently and updated annually. It 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.