An Aberdeenshire fish and chip shop is the first in the industry to commit to paying its employees the ‘Real Living Wage’.
The Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven received the accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation, a charity which sets out to improve earnings for all.
The chippy was voted Britain’s best eating experience by Lonely Planet last year and employs 22 team members in its busy sea-front shop.
Findings from the Living Wage Foundation have revealed that hospitality is the largest low-paid sector in Scotland with 67% of employees receiving less than the real cost of living.
Calum Richardson founder of The Bay Fish and Chips, said: “I have always believed that wherever you work, you should be paid both fairly and well, therefore The Bay is proud to have been recognised as a ‘Real Living Wage’ employer.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have an award-winning team who all contribute towards serving up the best sustainably-sourced fish and chips around.”
Unlike the UK National Living Wage (£8.21 per hour) which is mandatory for all employees over the age of 25, the voluntary hourly rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation (£9.00 per hour) is paid to employees from the age of 18.
As part of the accreditation, Calum will join a Living Wage Hospitality Steering Group to help increase wages for Scotland’s lowest paid workers.
Jack Evans Living Wage Scotland manager said: “We are delighted to welcome The Bay Fish and Chips to the Living Wage movement. By becoming accredited they have joined the growing movement of over 1400 companies in Scotland who recognise that Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer.
“They are also raising the bar for employers within the hospitality industry and I hope that this public commitment to their staff encourages other hospitality employers to follow their lead.
“Living Wage Scotland plan to work with more of Scotland’s hospitality employers to ensure that more workers receive a real Living Wage”.