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Link shows support for Living Wage week

Accredited Living Wage employer Link Group Ltd welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).

In its fourth year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, Link has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.

The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all staff at Link over 18 and has increased to £8.75 per hour.

Link Group Chief Executive Craig Sanderson said: “Link is a successful social enterprise, delivering a wide range of housing and care services to more than 15,000 customers across Scotland. That has only been possible because of the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of our staff. One of our strategic objectives is to sustain their good health and wellbeing and essential to that is appropriate remuneration, a key element of which is paying the Living Wage. We are also committed to treating people fairly (be they tenants, service users, or staff) and being a Living Wage employer is just one way in which we seek to achieve this aim.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”

“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    

For more information about Living Wage Week go to http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week