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Fair pay

Information on what constitutes fair pay.

​Pay is one of the most important parts of any employment relationship. Employers must pay employees and workers in accordance with the law (The Wages Act 1986) and their contracts of employment.

The contracts agreed with employees and workers are legally binding and must adhere to the agreed pay arrangements as well as any other specifically agreed terms.

  1. Correct pay
  2. Employment status
  3. A week's pay
  4. Holiday and sick pay
  5. Scottish Living Wage

5. Living Wage Scotland

Living Wage Scotland campaign, funded by the Scottish Government, was stablished in 2014. The Scottish Government through Fair Work is clear that in relation to pay the minimum standard should be that all employees receive the Living Wage.

Paying the real Living Wage has benefits for employees and employers. It can

  • lift people out of poverty
  • contribute to better health and wellbeing
  • increase motivation and productivity
  • reduce sickness absence.

The real Living Wage is calculated yearly, based on the money that families need to survive. For this reason it’s different and higher than the national living wage, which is the minimum pay for those who are 25 years old or older.

The Scottish Government offers an accreditation scheme to employers, to achieve this. All directly employed staff over 18 as well as contractors should be paid the real living wage as part of this accreditation.

Visit Living Wage Scotland for more information​​​