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Fife College Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

Fife College is delighted to have been accredited as a Living Wage employer by The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.
Alan O’Donnell, UNISON Workplace Representative at Fife College; Jen Anderson, Student President – Welfare and Equality; and Hug
l to r: Alan O’Donnell, UNISON Workplace Representative at Fife College; Jen Anderson, Student President – Welfare and Equality; and Hugh Hall, Principal of Fife College.

The award recognises the College’s commitment to fair pay and will see everyone working at Fife College, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually and is calculated according to the real costs of living. 

Hugh Hall, Principal of Fife College, is committed to the initiative and said: “At Fife College we are keen to ensure that our staff and anyone working for us are treated well and paid fairly for the job they do which makes them feel valued and respected. The real Living Wage reflects this and we hope to set an example to other organisations so that they too will become accredited which in turn will enhance lives and also help to improve the Scottish economy.

“Many of our students work part-time while studying and may have suffered due to low pay. We hope to show a good example not just to organisations outside the College but also to our students, many of whom will be the employers of tomorrow.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis and it enjoys cross-party political support.

Jen Anderson, Student President for Welfare and Equality, Fife College Students’ Association, added: “We are really pleased that Fife College has taken this stance and opted to support the real Living Wage. It shows great commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of both our students and our staff which benefits all!” 

Alan O’Donnell, UNISON Workplace Representative at Fife College, added: “Our staff work in many different roles and all contribute to a successful and accessible college. UNISON is delighted that Fife College has achieved Living Wage Accreditation which should help ensure a better deal for some of the lowest paid and hardest working people in our organisation.”

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said: “I am delighted to welcome Fife College to the Living Wage Employer movement in Scotland. The real Living Wage is one of the most effective means we have of tackling in-work poverty, and Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer. 

“With more than half of children in poverty in Scotland living in a household where someone works, paying a real Living Wage that reflects the cost of living has never been more important.

“I congratulate Fife College on their accreditation as a Living Wage Employer and I hope more organisations in Scotland will follow their lead by getting in touch with us.” 

For further details about current vacancies or courses at Fife College visit www.fife.ac.uk. For more information about the Scottish Living Wage contact www.scottishlivingwage.org​

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