As the first football club in Scotland to become an officially accredited Living Wage employer, Hearts is delighted to announce that its employees will benefit from today’s rise in the Living Wage.
From today, the Wage rises from £8.25 to £8.45.
The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative has been operating in Scotland since April 2014 and provides support and advice to organisations that wish to pay the living wage. More than 500 employers in Scotland are now accredited as paying the living wage.
The National Minimum Wage (including the "national living wage") is the legal minimum an employer can pay an employee. It is set by the UK Government.
The current National Minimum Wage is £5.55 per hour for 18-20 year olds, rising to £6.95 per hour for 21-24 year olds, then to the UK Government's "national living wage" of £7.20 for over 25s. The UK Living Wage is now £8.45 per hour.
A Heart of Midlothian spokesperson said: "Heart of Midlothian Football Club is proud to be a Living Wage Employer.
"The club feels that implementing the Living Wage, and today’s rise, is entirely in keeping with the values that we hold dear at Heart of Midlothian FC.
“This week is a fantastic opportunity to help us raise awareness of the need for a real Living Wage; one that meets the cost of living and ensures staff earn a wage they can live on."
This week sees a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage and of the opportunities it brings to employees. Football clubs play a big role in their local communities and the club is delighted to learn that Everton is the latest club to become a Living Wage employer.
Keep an eye on the club's social media channels over the coming days and see the difference the Living Wage makes to its staff.