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S5W-03810: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, since it received its living wage accreditation, what information is has regarding any of its non-departmental public bodies paying their staff less than the living wage.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 3 November 2016

I refer the member to the answer to question S5O-00180 on 22 September 2016 which is available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx

As detailed in the response to S5O-00180, public sector pay policy expects employers covered by the policy to pay their staff a Living Wage. Accreditation requires all directly employed staff and contracted staff to be paid the Living Wage (or for employers to at least demonstrate that they are moving towards applying the Living Wage across all contracts). Public Sector Pay Policy does not directly apply to contracted staff.

In line with the requirements for Living Wage Accreditation, the pay policy expects public bodies who take on a Modern Apprentice in a specific role to pay the Living Wage where they can afford to do so and as a minimum to pay the adult National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rate rather than the Youth Development or Apprentice rates.