8 January 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Scottish employers are being asked to consider paying the Living Wage as their New Year's resolution for 2016, according to the Scottish government.
More than 400 organisations in Scotland now recognise the benefits of the Living Wage - including improved morale, higher productivity and lower absence rates - and more employers are being asked to step up and make a difference to the lives of working Scots.
Scottish consumers are also being asked to consider fair work practices in 2016, including shopping at retailers who pay the Living Wage.
Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, has said "at least one purchase a month from a Living Wage employer could be a New Year's resolution for shoppers".
She said: "I am continually highlighting the benefits of the Living Wage to employers the length and breadth of Scotland and in a wide variety of sectors.
"Scotland now has well in excess of 400 Living Wage-accredited employers that recognise the benefits to their business of paying the Living Wage and the real difference it can make to people working in Scotland.
"The success of the autumn Living Wage Expo, Living Wage Week 2015 and the phenomenal growth in the number of accredited employers tells me that this message is gradually getting through. However, for those not yet on board, I would simply ask them to consider paying their staff at least £8.25 an hour to be their New Year's resolution for 2016."