A recent survey has shown that the number of employees in the Glenrothes area earning below the real Living Wage has fallen.


According to the lastest results from the ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, in 2019 the number of employees paid less than the real Living Wage in Fife as a whole fell by 7.4%.


Councillor Fiona Grant and other members of the Action Group launch the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ campaign in August 2019.

The Glenrothes Area saw an even greater reduction, the number of employees earning below the real Living Wage falling by 11% compared with the year before.


Councillor Fiona Grant, a member of the Glenrothes Living Wage Action Group said:  “I’m delighted the recently released statistics show that the Glenrothes area has performed comparatively well.  It is a positive indication that the campaign to Make Glenrothes a Living Wage Town is having an impact.


“Over the relatively short time since the campaign began in August 2019, the number of employers who have been accredited as real Living Wage employers has increased to 18.


“This represents increased wages for around 1,000 employees in the Glenrothes area.


“It’s great to see the wide range of businesses who have committed themselves to supporting their employees and community.  They include FLEXcon, Kingdom Community Bank, Blueprint Recruitment, DPS Group, McDonald Water Storage and many others.


“If you are an employer interested in joining the scheme, go to https://our.fife.scot/fairerfife/livingwage/ to find out more.”


Blueprint Recruitment John McBain, Director  said: “This accreditation provides Blueprint Recruitment with a recognised standard which shows we are not only committed, but we practice what we preach. We are passionate about living up to our mission statement to ‘deliver excellence and set the market standard’.


“Glenrothes is the first town in the UK to take this innovative approach and it really demonstrates how a small town can lead the way. Local businesses like Blueprint Recruitment play a key role in making our community a great place to work.  We’re proud to be one of them.”


Jamie Stewart Managing Director McDonald Water Storage said: “Over the last ten years we have successfully navigated the challenges facing the industry and our employees have played a significant role in this achievement.


“Quality remains at the forefront of all our activities and our staff must be good at what they do because we supply some very prestigious companies. It’s important that they are rewarded well and that they feel their skills are valued.  Becoming an accredited Living Wage employer demonstrates our commitment to our staff and will also encourage similar companies in our sector to consider becoming Living Wage employers.”




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