SSE beams new Living Wage rate onto side of iconic Pitlochry dam

To celebrate the latest increase in the real Living Wage rate, SSE projected the new rate onto the side of our iconic Pitlochry hydro dam.

The Living Wage Foundation has increased the recommended rate as of the 1st May 2017 from £8.25 to £8.45. The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to get by.

The new rate, as announced by the Living Wage Foundation this morning, will apply to all SSE staff over 18.

SSE projected the new rate onto the side of the historic dam to celebrate three years as a Living Wage employer which also coincided with the Living Wage Foundation announcing its latest crop of businesses joining it in paying the boosted hourly rates.

Rachel McEwen, SSE Director of Sustainability, said: “We firmly believe in paying a rate that not only helps our employees afford to live with dignity but also helps our business by improving motivation, and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.

“We’ve been proud supporters of the Living Wage since 2013 and are delighted to see more firms join us in paying a wage that meets the cost of living.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “Business by business and organisation by organisation our employers are voluntarily choosing to close the pay gap in the UK between what people need to live on and the government minimum that every employer has to pay.

“Today’s increase in the real Living Wage will mean thousands of employees around the country will get a much needed increase to their pay packet to help them meet the cost of living. That’s the difference paying the real Living Wage makes. During Living Wage Week we celebrate the leadership of those great Living Wage employers who make this possible.”

SSE was one of the biggest companies to become a Living Wage employer in 2013 and is one of a pioneering group of nearly 3,000 employers paying the real Living Wage across the UK.