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Shannon Milmine

Veterinary practice becomes South Lanarkshire's 100th living wage employer

A Clydesdale veterinary practice has become the 100th accredited Living Wage employer in South Lanarkshire.

Two Rivers Veterinary Practice in Biggar has joined more than 2700 employers across Scotland who are now accredited with the Living Wage scheme, which is supported by South Lanarkshire Council.

Living Wage accreditation formally recognises and praises employers who choose to go further than the government minimum wage.

Trevor Black, owner of the Two Rivers Veterinary Practice, said: “As a practice we are continually trying to make improvements to support our team and make Two Rivers a great place to work.

“Twelve members of the team received a pay rise as a result of Living Wage accreditation, one directly but the others as our pay scales were moved up as a result of accreditation. The accreditation process was very easy.

“By becoming Living Wage accredited, we recognise and hope to demonstrate to others that all team members working in a veterinary practice are highly skilled and certainly deserving of at least a Living Wage hourly rate.

“Veterinary receptionists, animal care assistants and veterinary nurses are traditionally not well paid, which we think is wrong.”

The Real Living Wage is an independently calculated rate which is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by employers.

The rate is currently £9.90 and is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation on an analysis of the wage that employees need to earn in order to afford the basket of goods required for a decent standard of living. This basket of goods includes housing, childcare, transport and heating costs.

Gail Irvine, manager of Living Wage Scotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Two Rivers Veterinary Practice to the Living Wage network in Scotland. They join more than 2700 employers in Scotland committed to valuing their staff by paying a real living wage based on the cost of living.

“That there are now 100 accredited Living Wage employers in South Lanarkshire is testament to South Lanarkshire Council’s enduring support for the Living Wage, and the benefits accredited employers gain, in terms of demonstrating their values and helping to attract, retain and motivate good people.

"We look forward to welcoming many more South Lanarkshire employers to the Living Wage movement.”

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