MSP visits local Living Wage employers and urges more to sign up


SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has urged businesses in his Greenock and Inverclyde constituency to sign up to the Scottish Living Wage, and visited two Living Wage accredited employers in his constituency as part of Living Wage Week.

The Scottish Living Wage is independently calculated based on the cost of living, with the real Living Wage rising by 25p to £9, above the minimum wage of £7.83 for workers aged over 25.

There are currently 14 accredited Living Wage employers in Inverclyde, including Access Technology Scotland (Software Training Scotland’s community interest company) and Pearson VUE, who Mr McMillan visited on Friday 2 November.

Access Technology Scotland exists to widen access to high quality digital skills education, training and facilities – particularly amongst groups that are disadvantaged financially, socially or geographically – and offers these services free of charge.

Pearson VUE provide computer-based tests on behalf of clients, such as the DVLA, and ensure these tests are taken in a secure environment to maintain the integrity of the qualifications earned by those who pass the tests.

Stuart McMillan MSP with Software Training Scotland’s Director, Cathel McGlashan

Commenting, Mr McMillan said:

“The real Living Wage can make a huge difference to both workers and employers.

“For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense; it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover.

“It is completely unacceptable that the UK government did not use last week’s Budget to raise the National Living Wage, extend it to all workers and end discrimination of young people. With low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, it is vital that employers who can pay the real Living Wage do so.

“I visited Software Training Scotland and Pearson’s, who are two Living Wage employers in my constituency, and heard that being paid the Living Wage makes staff feel more valued and appreciated by their employer.”

“There are currently 14 Living Wage employers in Inverclyde, but I would strongly encourage all businesses in the area to look into the real benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.”


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