NHS Highland to insist contractors pay ‘living wage’

NHS Highland is to require all contractors commissioned by the health bord to pay staff at least �7.65 an hour - the so-called 'living wage'.
NHS Highland is to require all contractors commissioned by the health bord to pay staff at least �7.65 an hour - the so-called 'living wage'.

NHS Highland is to require all contractors commissioned by the health board to pay its staff a minimum of £7.65 an hour - the so-called ‘living wage’.

The move was confirmed by at the organisation’s latest board meeting, held this week in Inverness.

The news has been welcomed by Labour’s Highlands and Islands MSP, and the party’s shadow minister for wellbeing, Rhoda Grant, who said: ““It is important that major employers and commissioners of public services take a lead in ensuring that workers are offered at least a living wage.

“Times are difficult enough for working people to make ends meet, and this Living Wage guarantee can only help staff striving to look after themselves and their families on low wages.

“This move brings NHS Highland in line with the policy of NHS Scotland. Well done NHS Highland - and congratulations also to Unison whose campaigning has no doubt helped this along.

“This is one of the hallmarks of a decent 21st century society, where we value the hard work of everyone who makes a contribution to that society.”