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Is your organisation thinking about becoming an accredited Living Wage employer?

Posted: 8th October 2021

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow are seeking participants for a new research project investigating the impact of the real Living Wage on individual employees. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate of pay set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, and employers choose to pay it on a voluntary basis.

Why Participate?

  • By sharing your experiences, you will be helping Living Wage Scotland and the researcher better understand the impact of the real Living Wage for employees
  • Following the completion of the research, each participating employer will receive a bespoke report outlining their results.
  • You will also be invited to take part in a Living Wage employer forum.

Who can participate?

  • Any Scottish organisation that is thinking about becoming an accredited Living Wage employer but has not yet completed the application process.

What will Participants be asked to do?

  • The researchers will ask a sample of your workforce and you as the employer to complete three separate online surveys.
  • The first survey should be completed before the real Living Wage is implemented, the 2nd survey completed once the Living Wage accreditation is confirmed, and the final survey completed around 6 months after the date of achieving Living Wage accreditation.

To take part or to learn more about the research project please contact Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann ( or Prof. Rosalind Searle ( To learn more about Living Wage accreditation visit

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