Local MSP, Keith Brown, has today welcomed William Duncan Electrician Ltd as Clackmannanshire's latest Living Wage Accredited Employer.

The Tillicoultry based electrical contracting company have recently joined the ranks of over 850 employers across Scotland to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation's accreditation programme which sees employees paid at least the Living Age rate of £8.45.

Keith Brown MSP said: "I am delighted to welcome William Duncan Electrician Ltd as Clackmannanshire's latest Living Wage Accredited Employer.

"By paying the Living Wage, employers Like William Duncan Electrician Ltd are voluntarily choosing to go further than the minimum wage to ensure that their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. The results of which, are that many employers are reporting wider business benefits as a result of their investment in staff pay.

"Independent research has demonstrated that employers have found the Living Wage to enhance the quality of their staffs output, including better morale and retention and recruitment of staff to their organisations, while absenteeism has fallen.

"I am immensely proud that Scotland is leading the way on the Living Wage, with around 80% of employees paid at least the Living Wage – the highest proportion across all four countries of the UK. I would encourage more local companies to join those accredited employers – over 850 of them - across the country and sign up to the Living Wage."

Calum Forbes, operations manager for William Duncan Electrician, said: "This is a hugely proud day for our business. William Duncan Electrician is a small business based in Tillicoultry. The last few years have been challenging for many small firms, and during times of difficult trading, it's natural to think about cost reduction. However, we felt it crucial to ensure that every member of our team has a wage that they can live on.

"The Living Wage Foundation is a fantastic organisation that has blazed a trail in reminding businesses how they benefit from an empowered, high wage workforce.

"We want local businesses like ours to understand and keep repeating this message: paying employees well is good for people, good for business and good for society."