The Living Wage hits 500-firm target

The Living Wage hits 500-firm target

There were just 20 firms involved at the inception of the Scottish Living Wage initiative two years ago. Julie McGahan, Living Wage programme manager, has been working on the project since day one, and explains just how important reaching this target has been.

The growth we’ve seen since the Accreditation Initiative was first established in April 2014 has been remarkable.

Since then, around 7,400 workers have received a pay rise as a result of Scottish organisations becoming accredited Living Wage Employers. In fact, there are now more employers in Scotland joining the Living Wage movement than in any other part of the UK.

Building on the success of the Initiative since 2014, last year, the team and I at the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative had a target of reaching 500 accredited Living Wage Employers in Scotland by the end of this March 2016.

At the time the target was set it seemed like an absolute mountain to climb, but we were delighted to reach the target early, passing the 500 mark in the first half of this month.

It’s brilliant to see so many businesses across Scotland showing their commitment to tackling low pay.

To celebrate the 500 milestone, we’ve asked our accredited businesses to use the #500 hashtag on Twitter, and we’ll be talking about them on our account. We’re also heading out to visit these businesses and talk to them about the difference it’s making to them, and their staff.

You’ll be able to read some of those stories on BQ over the next few months.

The Scottish Living Wage Initiative is an initiative from the Poverty Alliance, in partnership with Living Wage Foundation, funded by the Scottish Government. More information at the website: