ALL employees working for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including third party contract workers, will soon be paid the real Living Wage.

The health board’s commitment will see all employees receive the minimum hourly wage, £9.50, which will rise each year to match future rates, after becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

Over time, this accreditation will benefit workers employed by third party contractors and is a long-term commitment to all its staff that they will continue to be paid the Living Wage.

Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development said: “As part of our commitment to Fair Work, our employees were already paid the real Living Wage.

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“The final part of the accreditation journey was great work undertaken by our procurement team to contact all our suppliers who have workers on our sites to inform them of our intention to become accredited and to ask them to consider uplifting their staff to the real Living Wage if they had not already done so.

“The majority of our suppliers already paid their staff the real Living Wage, and a number of others uplifted their staff to the rate when we raised it with them. There are clear timescales created for the rest to enable real Living Wages for all contracted staff.”

Through their accreditation, the health board is helping to ensure that their key workers are free to focus on their vital work, while their families have what they need to thrive.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “We are delighted that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has become an accredited Living Wage employer.”

“We know that the real Living Wage can bring improvements in both the physical and mental wellbeing of workers and is an important aspect of tackling both in-work poverty health inequalities in Scotland.

“The accreditation of NHSGGC as the largest health board in Scotland signals to all major employers and public institutions that they too can do right by their workers by becoming Living Wage accredited.”