Little Beehive Nursery has received the Real Living Wage accreditation. The group had been working on reaching this goal for the past three years and we at NMT say a massive well done.
The real living wage is the only voluntary wage rate set by an independent body that takes into consideration the real cost of living in Scotland, unlike the government’s Minimum and National Living wage, the Real Living Wage is set by the Living Wage commission and takes many factors into account to produce their “Real living wage rate”, a wage that they believe reflects the costs of living today.
Over the past three years, the team at Little Beehive have steadily increased their staff wages to today (£9.30) with some staff receiving as much as a 29% pay rise.
The real living wage allows staff to manage the costs of daily life easier and without as much stress as previously.
Currently, the real living wage is paid by over 6,000 UK businesses with more than 180,000 workers receiving pay rises along the way. Across the early years sector it is estimated that 80% of practitioners are paid below the Real Living Wage, while 50% of supervisors are too. While at Little Beehive Nursery, 100% of practitioners and senior staff will receive the real living wage as a minimum.
Sandra Davidson, director, commented ‘We are thrilled to have received this accreditation and be among a fantastic and growing group of businesses within the UK that see the value of their team. Little Beehive Nursery practitioners are some of the best in the country, and we believe what they earn should reflect that. We set this target for ourselves three years ago, knowing we wanted to be a real living wage employer for the new 1140 hours funding the government are launching next month.’
Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager, commented ‘We are delighted that Little Beehive Nursery Group has joined the Living Wage movement, ensuring that all their staff across their multiple nurseries receive at least the real Living Wage of £9.30 per hour.
‘There are few more important jobs than educating and caring for the youngest in our society and it is fantastic to see Little Beehive Nursery Group rewarding their team for the complex and demanding work that they do.
‘We know that staff that are fairly treated and well-rewarded are likely to deliver a higher quality of service and we hope that other organisations follow Little Beehive Nursery Group’s lead and choose to pay the real Living Wage, which reflects the real cost of living.’