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22 April 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Energy giant SSE has committed to pay the living wage across its £2 billion a year supply chain.
Formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy, the company is currently paying employees the living wage, and will now extend this to all contracted staff.
The living wage is currently £7.65 per hour, compared with the current national minimum wage of £6.31 per hour. “This is an hourly rate above the national minimum wage which experts believe meets costs of housing, bills, food and work travel,” said SSE.
SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said: “With a workforce of over 20,000, this demonstrates that we value the people who work for SSE very highly and we’re willing to pay them at a level which shows them we mean it.
“It also shows that SSE is a company which is serious about doing the right thing. It is a matter of basic fairness that people should get a wage which is enough to cover their living expenses and SSE believes in being fair.”