Changeworks has become the latest accredited Living Wage Employer, which ensures that their employees earn the Living Wage or above.

The Living Wage commitment will see Changeworks employees − whether full time, part time, permanent or fixed contract, temporary agency staff, contractors and sub subcontractors receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 or above, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

Teresa Bray, Changeworks Chief Executive said: “Changeworks has chosen to be a Living Wage Employer as we believe everyone needs to be paid enough to meet their basic living needs. Household income is a cause of fuel poverty and tackling fuel poverty is at the heart of what we do. A living wage supports our work to help those people who need it most.

Changeworks joins 185 other organisations in Scotland paying the living wage.

The living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. The living wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public – it’ is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Changeworks to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”