7 November 2017
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Stoats to congratulate them on becoming Scotland’s 1,000th Living Wage-accredited employer.
She toured the company’s Edinburgh HQ during Living Wage Week, meeting staff and finding out how their porridge oat bars are made.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) November 7, 2017
The landmark means the Scottish Government has met its target of reaching 1,000 accredited employers by autumn 2017.
— Tony Stone (@StoatsTony) November 7, 2017
The First Minister said:
“I am delighted that Scotland has reached this landmark during Living Wage Week. I congratulate Stoats on their commitment to demonstrate leadership in the business community by paying workers a fair, living wage.
“Through the Scottish Living Wage accreditation initiative, the Scottish Government is helping ensure peoples’ basic pay meets the cost of living. As well as the benefits to workers, it also makes sense to employers.
“Evidence shows paying the Real Living Wage leads to increased productivity, better morale and lower sickness absence. It also demonstrates to the world that the organisation is committed to treating its workforce well.”
Stoats employs 33 people and produces a range of porridge oat bars, porridge pots & sachets, mueslis and oatcakes.
— SLWAI (@ScottishLWAI) November 7, 2017
The new Real Living Wage is £8.75 an hour.