We’re delighted to announce that NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has been accredited as a real Living Wage employer by Living Wage Scotland.
The real Living Wage ensures that people earn enough money for them and their families to live. It’s calculated each year according to the cost of living based on a basket of household goods and services. Unlike the National Living Wage which only applies to those who are 25 or older, it applies to all workers over 18 and it is not linked to medium earnings.
The impact of this accreditation is that anyone working for NSS will continue to earn at least the real living wage while contractors working with NSS must also pay their employees the real living wage in order to continue working with us.
Being recognised as a fair employer is something that we can be extremely proud of. Our Chief Executive Colin Sinclair said: “I am delighted that NHS National Services Scotland has become an accredited real Living Wage employer.
“NSS provides services to colleagues across health and social care and it is our staff, as our prime asset, that ensure the high quality of service we hope to provide. Our staff have worked tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic to support colleagues across health and social care time and time again.
“Our commitment to the real Living Wage reflects how highly we value them and demonstrates that fairness and partnership remain at the heart of our NSS values.”
In addition, our Director of National Procurement Gordon Beattie said:
“NHSScotland has a key role in protecting and improving the health of the people of Scotland. A key enabler of this is providing good jobs and fair work practices and as an investor in our communities, through the multi-million pounds of orders we place each year, National Procurement can play a significant role in supporting this. I am therefore delighted that NSS has achieved accreditation as a real Living Wage employer meaning we and our key suppliers meet the highest level of best practice including that the National Living Wage is paid.”