April 27, 2022

 

UK aquaculture firm Scottish Sea Farms to pay above real Living Wage to help workers

 

 

Scottish Sea Farms, the second biggest farmed salmon producer in the UK, has committed to paying above the country's real Living Wage to help its workers affected by rising cost of living, Fish Information & Services reported.

 

The company will pay a minimum GBP 10.40 (~US$13.70; GBP 1 = US$1.26) per hour, a 9% year-on-year increase for its lower income workers from April 1, 2022. This means a workers' entry level salary is GBP 21,632 (~US$27,181) before overtime, payments for weekend work, pension contributions and annual bonus.

 

The current real Living Wage is set at GBP 9.90 (~US$12.44), compared to the government's National Living Wage of GBP 9.50 (~US$11.94) for those 23 years old and above. The real Living Wage is independently calculated annually so accredited employers can ensure they pay fair wages to their workers which meet the actual cost of living.

 

Jim Gallagher, managing director of Scottish Sea Farms, said they pay a higher rate to help workers on lower incomes and their families.

 

He said input costs are rising for the company as well, with the costs for fish feed between January to April 2022 now 29% higher with further increases expected this year. Costs have also increased for oxygen (32% up), diesel (48% up) and electricity (53% up).


The company also offers enhanced maternity leave and paternity packages for workers with one or more years' service, as well as discounted child-care places, and a health and wellbeing app.

 

Bryant-Shaw, head of HR for Scottish Sea Farms said safeguarding the long-term viability of the company starts with looking after its people, especially as they operate in remote communities where workforces can be smaller and competition for workers is fierce.

 

-      Fish Information & Services

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