Herald today

The Herald’s headline seems to be based on this statement in the original TUC report:

Across the UK, 58% of social care workers are paid less than the real living wage of £9.30 an hour. In Scotland, the figure is 43%.

But, the TUC report, in the notes, based on ONS data for Scotland in 2019, tells us that ‘the typical hourly rate for care workersis £10.03 per hour.


How the 43% figure was calculated is not clear.

The TUC is, of course, ignorant of the four points below and while the Herald mentions Jean Freeman’s intervention in passing, they make nothing of it:

  1. In April 2020

‘Social care support workers providing direct adult support will have their pay increased to at least the Real Living Wage rate of £9.30 an hour for all hours worked, including sleep-overs and hours worked by personal assistants. The Scottish Government will also provide funding to third sector and independent providers specifically to ensure staff receive sick pay if they are off work ill or because they are self-isolating.’ 


2. From November 2017:

Only Scotland and Wales pay the living wage to all NHS employees and Scotland was first to pay the living wage to all public-sector employees. Recent consultation on taxation suggests that this group will also be protected from any tax increases.

Make the NHS a living wage employer says UNISON

3. From October 2017:

Scottish care workers have been receiving the Living Wage of £8.45 per hour since October 2016 and will now [unlike in rUK] receive the same rate for all ‘sleepover hours worked. This will make a big difference to around 40 000 workers. Most are women.


4. From November 2017:

8% of the population yet 28% of the living -wage employers