Fife Council’s Senior Manager for Business and Employability, Gordon Mole, makes the case for Living Wage Places. National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage, Real Living Wage. With employer confusion, particularly among SMEs, still prevalent as to what such terms mean, introducing a new category – the Living Wage Place – may seem challenging and counter-intuitive. So why try and define a Living Wage Place, and what does it mean? In 2015, the Fife Fairness Commission published its finding and recommendations, Fairness Matters, setting out an ambition to make Fife, Scotland’s third largest local authority area, a Living Wage region. Keen to develop a pilot approach for this uncharted territory, it was agreed that this would start with one place – Glenrothes. A new town, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018, Glenrothes maintains a high proportion of manufacturing jobs, many at the higher skills levels, together with retail, hospitality, care and public … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Gordon Mole is a Board Member of the Institute of Economic Development and Senior Manager, Business and Employability, at Fife Council.