SVR Celebrates Living Wage Accreditation with Scottish Veterans Minister and MP22 May 2019
Graeme Dey MSP, Scotland’s Veterans Minister and the local Member of Parliament David Linden MP were welcomed to our Bellrock Close Residence as we celebrated our accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
Our Living Wage commitment will ensure that all our employees and agency staff receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum of £7.83 per hour for over 25s introduced in April 2018.
SVR Chief Executive Martin Nadin OBE said: “I'm very pleased that our governing body was unanimous in its support for us to become a Living Wage employer which makes a positive impact on our lower paid staff throughout Scotland. As a charity organisation which aims to be a great employer, adopting the Living Wage is a no-brainer as it means our people are happier and can enjoy a better quality of life.”
Veterans Minister Graeme Dey MSP added: “It is a pleasure to be here at Bellrock Close, to not only witness yet again the valuable and dedicated work being carried out on behalf of our veterans’ community, but to celebrate SVR securing Living Wage accreditation.
“Payment of the real Living Wage encapsulates the basic fairness at the heart of our economic approach, and I am delighted that SVR is now a real Living Wage employer. This only goes to reinforce the valuable work they do for our Armed Forces, by demonstrating their commitment to their fantastic staff and the wider community.
“The Scottish Government has long championed the payment of the real Living Wage and it is our ambition for Scotland to become a Living Wage nation. SVR have taken us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Niamh McQuillan, one of the staff who will benefit from the committment described what it will mean to her: "Receiving the living wage has had a positive impact on me in many ways. The main one being that I feel that I am an equal and valued member of the staff team at Rosendael. It has boosted my overall morale and motivation at work knowing that I will be rewarded fairly for my contributions and commitment at work. It has also helped me to become more independent by allowing me to buy my first car as without the living wage I would have struggled to do this. I feel by being paid the living wage at the age of 18 that I am being treated fairly within my role and given the same equal opportunities as other staff members. I feel that this is a good example to other employers and that everyone deserves to be treated equally and feel that their contribution to the workplace is valued."