The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Munro & Noble Solicitors and Estate Agents, has now been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Munro & Noble, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 an hour. This is 21% higher than the legally-set 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.
‘Munro & Noble are really proud to be the first Highland-based solicitors and estate agents to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer’ said Practice Manager Gordon McIntosh,’ and I understand that we are only the third employer in Inverness to join the scheme. As socially responsible employers, it's important for us to remember that, no matter what an individual’s position is within the business, they are as equally important as our high flyers. Staff morale is important for the firm. Investing in all our staff, including our support staff, where possible paying them above the Living Wage, ensures the smooth running of our firm. Most of all, paying at least the Living Wage, is the right thing to do.”
Gordon encourages other firms in the Highlands and within the legal sector to join the scheme, so that Highland businesses will have something to be proud of. “We believe it is important that our staff and their families are taken care of in and out of the office, I am confident many other local businesses would share that ethos,” he said. “We would encourage them to also enrol in the Living Wage scheme.”
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.
“It is very encouraging to see Munro and Noble become the first accredited Living Wage solicitors in the Highlands.” commented Peter Kelly Director of the Poverty Alliance. “This should be seen an indicator to others in the industry that paying the Living Wage not only the right thing to do but makes business sense too.”
“The public commitment to pay the living wage allows the clients of Munro & Noble to have confidence they are a fair dealing company.”
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We have accredited over 1,600 leading employers, including Munro & Noble, 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. "