NHSGGC becomes a Living Wage Employer

Scottish Living Wage Accreditation

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Only NHS Lanarkshire and Public Health Scotland precede them. It’s quite an achievement given their size. From their announcement yesterday:

The recognition comes during Living Wage Week and has been warmly welcomed by Living Wage Scotland and the Poverty Alliance.
NHSGGC’s Living Wage commitment will see everyone working for the Health Board receive the minimum hourly wage, which will rise each year to match future rates. This new Living Wage rate of £9.50 was announced on Monday (9 November) as part of Living Wage Week.

Full time workers receiving the independently calculated Living Wage earn over £1500 more each year than the government’s ‘National Living Wage’. Over time, this accreditation will benefit workers employed by third party contractors and is a long-term commitment to all its staff that they will continue to be paid the Living Wage.

Related Developments:

  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


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