Sheriff office and debt collection agency Alex M Adamson has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
The organisation has committed to paying its 57 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, working across its five operating sites at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour.
The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.
The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.
Kevin MacKay, general manager at Alex M Adamson, said: “One of the key aspects of paying the living wage is that we are able to offer new starters a better package which has benefits for recruiting and retaining staff in the longer term. We are very focused on providing our clients with the best possible service. Being able to attract high-quality staff and hold on to them is essential [because] it allows the time for them to fully develop their skills, ensuring they can handle all aspects of their role confidently.”