Langstane Housing Association becomes accredited Living Wage employer

Langstane Housing Association has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Langstane Housing Association receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 This rate is higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.72 per hour introduced in April 2020.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Helen Gauld, Langstane’s chief executive, said: “Langstane has for some time now been meeting the living wage and see the accreditation as strengthening that commitment. Our vision is to “be the best we can be” and investing in our people is key to achieving this. We want to be seen as the employer of choice and paying a wage that people can live on demonstrates the value we put on recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. Right now, is when standing by these values matters the most and employers who do right by workers and families are the ones that will help lead us through and out of this crisis.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, added: “We are delighted that Langstane Housing Association has become an accredited Living Wage employer. 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 and is more important now than ever before.”

This announcement comes during Living Wage week, which is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK. During this week, Living Wage Scotland and accredited employers host a series of online events, focused around the theme of Living Wage.

This pandemic has shown just how important the Living Wage is for employers and for society and we congratulate Langstane Housing Association on joining the network of more than 1800 Scottish employers who believe in going beyond the government minimum.

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Langstane Housing Association to the Living Wage movement.

“We are a movement of over 1800 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that everyone can earn a decent standard of living and families have what they need to thrive. Our network includes lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life Aberdeen, Barrs, Brewdog, D.C. Thomson and many more.

“Employers like Langstane Housing Association are helping to set the standard for business in Britain by making sure that workers have what they need to get by, and we hope to see many more employers following their example.“

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