BDS Living Wage Is National News

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The adoption of the Living Wage by BDS has received attention in the national media.

Scotland’s The National online newspaper carries an article highlighting BDS’s commitment to the Living Wage, praising its courage in supporting a rural economy through a fair wage policy. The newspaper interviewed BDS Managing Director, Lesley Whyte.

Journalist Greg Russell, who interviewed Lesley states: “The Dumfries-based business was one of the first to seek Scottish living wage accreditation in the hope that it would have a knock-on effect on other employers in the area.”

The Living Wage is a higher rate of pay than the Minimum Wage and is a recommended hourly rate proposed by The Living Wage Foundation, an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people that campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. It proposes a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum.

During the interview, Lesley observed that “In our business we have invested in our staff, both in terms of training and development, and they in turn show great commitment and produce a quality service for a global market. It is only appropriate that they are rewarded with a salary structure that meets national recommendations.”

The Living Wage website ( states that “By paying the real Living Wage employers are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what our campaign is trying to achieve and why great businesses and organisations choose to go further than the government minimum.”

In the interview, Lesley concluded: “I believe that a more motivated workforce produces better results for a business.”

Read the full article here.

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