Museums Galleries Scotland Celebrates Living Wage Accreditation
Museums Galleries Scotland has been accredited a Living Wage Employer by The Poverty Alliance who deliver the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Museums Galleries Scotland, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a real Living Wage of at least £8.45 per hour, which is significantly higher than government minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced last April.
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated annually, and based on the best available evidence on living standards in the UK. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“I congratulate Museums Galleries Scotland on joining the over 750 Living Wage accredited employers in Scotland. This is another step in our drive to promote fairer working conditions for Scottish employees and ensure people’s basic wage continues to meet the real cost of living.
“The Scottish Government is working towards meeting the target of 1,000 Living Wage accredited employers by autumn 2017 and is actively collaborating with the ‘Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative’ to make more businesses aware of the benefits of becoming a fair dealing employer.”
Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland said;
"As a key figure in the cultural sector in Scotland, it is important that Museums Galleries Scotland leads by example which is why we are pleased to receive accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
There is great value in the work that museums and galleries are doing in communities across Scotland. Encouraging a living wage standard in museums and galleries in Scotland is just one way of recognising the important contribution that employees make to the cultural sector in Scotland."
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said,
“Congratulations to Museums Galleries Scotland on demonstrating the importance of the real Living Wage in the culture and arts industry by becoming a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage makes a huge difference to people’s lives and is an important tool at our disposal to help address levels of in-work poverty.
My hope is that more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited; making a public commitment to their staff and the wider community they are a fair dealing employer. In taking this step, employers can reap the rewards through the business benefits of paying the Living Wage, which include improvements in productivity and staff retention and reduced absenteeism”.