Accredited as a Living Wage employer

PRESS RELEASE – 05/10/2022

J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd – has become accredited as a Living Wage employer

J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 per hour. This Living Wage rate was announced on Monday 15th November 2021 as part of Living Wage Week. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.

In Scotland, more than 14% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 330,000 jobs. Despite this, J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate calculated according to the costs of living. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay.

Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 55,000 people in Scotland and put over £310 million extra into the pockets of low paid Scottish workers.

We at J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd are a proud family owned business, we pride ourselves on our family values which include paying our employees & contractors across the board a fair wage, especially in today’s climate of uncertainty. We are happy to be part of the accreditation scheme.

Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance said: “We all need an income that is enough to cover our needs and protect us from poverty, and it’s only right that employers pay a wage that reflects the cost of living. Too many workers in Scotland are paid less than the real Living Wage and, at a time of rising costs, are struggling to stay afloat. The real Living Wage can offer protection from those rising costs.”

“Congratulations to J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd on their Living Wage commitment, and I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming Living Wage accredited.”

Gail Irvine, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: “We’re delighted that J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd has become an accredited Living Wage employer. They join a growing movement of over 2700 employers in Scotland who together want to ensure workers have what they need to thrive.

Our Living Wage employer network includes lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic brands like SSE, abrdn, Barrs, Mackie’s of Scotland, & D.C. Thomson. We hope to see many more employers following their example.”

Drew Murdoch, John Murdoch, Helen Allan, Tony Cairns

J&M Murdoch & Son Ltd.

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