Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) is now an accredited Living Wage Employer.

HHP join Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, Lewis Builders, OnTime Computing, and Living Wage MSP Alasdair Allan in their commitment to pay the living wage of £8.45 per hour.

The living wage is significantly higher than the government minimum wage of £6.70, and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.50 per hour.

Full-time employees earning the real Living Wage earn up to £2000 per year more than those on the government minimum.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in the UK. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

Calum Mackay, Hebridean Housing Partnership’s Vice Chair said: “We are delighted to receive the accreditation for the Living Wage, HHP Board have always valued the employees recognizing the importance of the work they do in building a solid business to achieve the goals for our tenants. This accreditation from the Poverty Alliance and the Living Wage Foundation show that HHP are committed to eradicating low pay now and for the future.”

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said: “Paying the real Living Wage makes a huge difference to people’s lives, and employers can enjoy a range of business benefits too, including increased productivity, staff retention and lower rates of absenteeism. The real Living Wage is a key tool at our disposal to reduce levels of in-work poverty in Scotland."

For more information on how your company can become an accredited Living Wage employer, click here