SOSCN commits to paying the Living Wage
SOSCN is now officially recognised as a UK Living Wage employer. We made the official decision to pay the living wage rate or over this amount, when we created internships for SOSCN back in October 2013, and we have now been accredited since November 2014.
We believe it is important for the national charitable sector, with, as SOSCN has, the alleviation of poverty set in our charitable purposes, to lead by example and ensure that our employees at least earn a living wage.
It is also the case that the sector we represent, out of school childcare, is a major employer in Scotland, and we encourage all out of school care services to follow our lead and ensure all their staff gain at least the living wage from their valuable work. For parent committee members and owner managers, as well as public sector employers in our sector, a commitment to a living wage for staff demonstrates that you value the importance of their childcare work.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at SOSCN, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive at least a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
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.
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.
The Living Wage Foundation and Poverty Alliance recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. In Scotland, the Scottish Living Wage Campaign works alongside The Living Wage Foundation and Poverty Alliance to raise awareness of issues around low pay and encourage businesses to accredit as Living Wage employers.
There are currently over 750 accredited employers across the UK. The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK. The Living Wage Foundation, Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Living Wage Campaign believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.