Date lodged: 22 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the negative real wage growth reported in the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s recent forecast.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 16 July 2018
As the Scottish Fiscal Commission state in their latest report, the available data shows a “mixed picture” on wage growth in Scotland, with some sources showing earnings growing in real terms, and others showing negative growth.
The Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy for 2018 – 19 is directly boosting wage growth in Scotland by lifting the 1% public sector pay cap, as well as providing support to employment and the wider economy. Furthermore, the Scottish Government is continuing to take action to support wages by championing the real Living Wage. We have achieved our target of reaching 1,000 accredited employers, and over 80% of workers in Scotland now earn the real Living Wage of £8.75 per hour, the highest rate in the UK.