NHS Fife becomes Real Living Wage Employer
Published: Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
NHS Fife has become one of the first boards in Scotland to become a Real Living Wage Employer - eradicating all Band 1 roles and elevating them to Band 2.
Real Living Wage status is based on the cost of living and is awarded to Scottish employers that go further than the government minimum.
The move has seen Band 1 roles and salaries raised to Band 2 status, which increases the salaries of those benefitting from £17,949 to £18,600. This will be subject to a further uplift in April to £20,606.
Commenting, Director of Workforce, Linda Douglas said:
“I am delighted that NHS Fife has become a Real Living Wage employer, which is widely viewed as a reflection of responsible employment practice. Every member of staff that previously worked in a Band 1 role has moved up to Band 2 and, as an employer, we are very proud to have made this commitment to our staff.”
Employee Director, Wilma Brown, said:
“Band 1 roles were generally support roles – such as some domestic or catering posts – and the move to Real Living Wage status not only recognises NHS Fife as a responsible employer, but also a number of key roles that often go under the radar. The uplift in salary will no doubt be very welcome to many of those unsung heroes who do so much to keep our NHS moving forward. “