Two weeks before the new UK National Living Wage comes into force, Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop has urged Scotland’s top business influencers to help spread the word among the Scottish business community.
Hundreds of thousands of Scottish workers are set to benefit from the increase on 1 April, which will see the current minimum hourly rate increase to £7.20 from £6.70 for workers aged 25 and over. Many full time workers will see their pay rise by around £900 a year.
Since the beginning of the year, the UK Government has been running an information campaign in Scotland to raise awareness of the changes with both employers and employees. That has included billboards, television and radio advertisements across the country. But there may still be businesses which are unaware of the new legal requirement.
Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop said:
“The UK Government’s National Living Wage is key to our commitment to generate a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare economy. As a result of the new National Living Wage, hundreds of thousands of workers in Scotland will get a much-needed pay rise.
It is crucial that employers in Scotland are aware of the change and understand what they need to do. We are running an information campaign across the country, but are also calling on the business community to help spread the word.
I have written today to some of Scotland’s top business organisations, asking them to join us in spreading the word about the National Living Wage.”