The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Dormont Estate has become accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Dormont Estate is a rural estate near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire which offers housing, commercial woodland, let farmland, a holiday cottage, fishing and the first multi-house Passivhaus development in Scotland. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Dormont Estate, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or employees supplied by contractors or subcontractors receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. 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.
Jamie Carruthers, of Dormont Estate, said “We have paid our employees in excess of the Living Wage for many years because we value the service and commitment they bring to the business.”
“We fundamentally believe that happy, content employees will contribute hugely to the success of the estate. Ensuring that staff are paid enough so that they can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle is part of this process and will allow us to hold onto employees that form a great staff team.
“Our estate, like the members of staff who work here, is at the heart of the community. It is in everyone’s interests that we pay a wage that will help the people and this region to flourish.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Dormont Estate 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.
“We have accredited over 1,200 leading employers ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. "
Director of the Poverty Alliance which hosts the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative, Peter Kelly said: “The commitment to paying the living wage is a vote of confidence in the partnership between Dormont Estate and its staff and suppliers.
“There are tangible business benefits of paying the Living Wage. Employers find that staff retention is higher, absenteeism is lower and team morale is better. On top of this, being an accredited employer is a signal, to your consumers and the wider community, that you believe in rewarding staff fairly for their hard work and commitment.
“The Living Wage is a win for the individual, a win for business, and a win for the wider community.”
More information on the Living Wage Foundation can be found here - http://www.livingwage.org.uk/