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Living wage for staff at the at HIAL which operates Inverness airport

By Ian Duncan

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Inverness Airport.
Inverness Airport.

The operator of Inverness airport has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) received the accolade as a result of all colleagues receiving a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 – higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £8.72 per hour.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and calculated according to the real costs of living.

Andrea Sillars, director of human resources at HIAL, said: “Achieving Living Wage accreditation demonstrates how we invest in our employees and our commitment to supporting continued growth within the Highlands and Islands.

“HIAL provides vital services for the rural communities in Scotland and the continuation of these services has been especially important during the current crisis.

“Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay.

“Payment of the real Living Wage will help provide additional security and stability for colleagues and their families.”

Work Minister Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “I welcome the opportunity to congratulate Highlands and Islands Airports on becoming the latest organisation to receive Living Wage accreditation.

“Fair Work is central to our economic strategy: it is good for workers, good for business and good for Scotland.

“In these exceptional times, adopting a Fair Work approach is more important than ever.”

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