Living Wage

This page provides information on the Living Wage and West Lothian Council's commitment to encouraging suppliers to pay the Living Wage.

What is a Living Wage?

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently each year. It is calculated according to the cost of living and gives the minimum pay rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

Additionally, the Living Wage is:

  • updated on an annual basis;
  • calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK;
  • paid by employers on a voluntary basis;
  • fully supported by all political parties, with full backing by the Scottish and UK Governments;
  • good for business, good for individuals and good for society.

Will West Lothian Council restrict contract awards to contractors who pay the Living Wage?

No. However, West Lothian Council has made a commitment to work within the current legislative framework to encourage its contractors to pay the Living Wage.

Why should Employers pay a Living Wage?

Whilst there are clear financial benefits to employees, the introduction of the  Living Wage can provide benefits for employers including:

  • easier recruitment and retention;
  • higher quality staff;
  • better attendance;
  • better productivity;
  • motivation and loyalty;
  • a better quality of service for customers.