ELCAP marks first anniversary of Living Wage accreditation

ELCAP marks first anniversary of Living Wage accreditation

ELCAP marked the first anniversary of Living Wage accreditation on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

The real Living Wage is an independently calculated rate, based on the cost of living.  It is paid voluntarily by employers.

Reflecting on ELCAP’s commitment to the Living Wage, ELCAP Chief Executive, Paul White, said:

“ELCAP has been meeting Living Wage levels of pay for several years now, but we didn’t become accredited until spring 2020.

The Living Wage is good for business, good for staff and good for society.  Living Wage employers are likely to enjoy more success in recruiting and retaining staff.  Staff may feel more appreciated and valued.  And society should become fairer and more compassionate.

We are proud to be among a growing number of employers who believe that paying the Living Wage is the right thing to do.”

The Living Wage rate is currently £9.50 per hour.  The rate is calculated each year in November by The Resolution Foundation.  The calculation is based on an analysis of the wage that employees need to earn in order to afford the basket of goods required for a decent standard of living.  This basket of goods includes childcare, heating, housing and transport costs.

ELCAP is one of close to 2,000 organisations in Scotland which are Living Wage accredited employers.  This number includes 25 employers in East Lothian and 27 in Midlothian.