We at the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership are delighted to announce that the organisation has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer by the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
Its Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the SCQF Partnership receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.
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.
CEO of the SCQF Partnership, Aileen Ponton, said: “At the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership our staff are our greatest asset. We are told time and time again that all our staff are professional, caring and willing to go the extra mile to provide support to our wide range of stakeholders. With such a small team we need to attract and retain high calibre staff and we are very proud to be a company of hardworking and enthusiastic staff and one way of acknowledging that is to commit to the Living Wage.”
Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. 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 the SCQF Partnership 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 SCQF Partnership promotes lifelong learning in Scotland. The SCQF supports everyone in Scotland, including learners, learning providers and employers, by:
- helping people of all ages and circumstances access appropriate education and training so they can meet their full potential;
- helping employers, learners and the general public to understand the full range of Scottish qualifications, how qualifications relate to each other and to other forms of learning, and how different types of qualification can contribute to improving the skills of the workforce.