A Shetland hotel and a Glasgow nightclub are claimed to be the first Scottish businesses in their sector to gain Living Wage Foundation accreditation.
Both businesses have signed up to pay their staff a minimum of £8.25 per hour, the ‘living wage’ as prescribed by the foundation for businesses outside of London.
The Living Wage Foundation’s hourly rate is said to be calculated according to the “basic cost of living in the UK”.
Caroline McKenzie, owner of The Scalloway Hotel, said it “made sense” for the venue to seek Living Wage Foundation accreditation after a recent pay rise took hotel staff over the organisation’s threshold.
“We’ve been paying well above the National Minimum Wage for a long time,” she told SLTN.
“The benefit is lower staff turnover – the staff feel more motivated if they feel more valued.”