Making a ‘Real’ difference
Celebrating three years since we became a Real Living Wage Accredited Employer
It’s been three years since Scotland Excel became a Real Living Wage Accredited Employer.
However, our commitment to the Living Wage dates to 2013 when low wages were identified as one of the critical factors affecting the morale of the unsung army of social care workers. When developing a framework for care agency workers that year, Scotland Excel took an innovative approach which brought greater transparency to costs and supported payment of the Living Wage.
We’ve spoken to Julie Welsh, our Director to find out what it’s meant to the organisation to have achieved accreditation.
“Our commitment to the Real Living Wage is something that is very important to me and to everyone at Scotland Excel. It’s not just a pledge to ensure our employees receive fair and equal pay, it’s a marker that says we are committed to an equal society, one that encourages people to fulfil their potential, improve their living standards and one that creates opportunities for all.
“This ethos is echoed in every one of our frameworks, with suppliers across the UK encouraged to commit to the Real Living Wage and achieve accreditation during the lifetime of the contract. I am very proud, that as an organisation we have increased the accredited suppliers on our list by 143% and that 83% of our suppliers pay their staff the Real Living Wage.
“This has been achieved through the individual passion and determination of team members of Scotland Excel and the collective vision we live by to provide transformative solutions for public services that benefit society. I was delighted when our efforts were recognised with a Living Wage Champions Award in 2018.
“As an accredited Real Living Wage employer, it’s important that we lead the way and encourage suppliers to follow our example. We know, through feedback from suppliers and members, that companies which pay the Real Living Wage have higher employee retention, improved attendance and better productivity with 93% of UK businesses experiencing the benefits. It’s a win-win for everyone and hopefully that’s becoming more apparent.
“I’m excited to see what we’ll achieve in the next three years and the positive effect Scotland Excel can have on the economic and social wellbeing of people in Scotland and the UK.”
For more information on the Real Living Wage, visit the Living Wage website