Living wage introduced by Heart of Midlothian football club

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The living wage is £7.85 an hour

Heart of Midlothian is the first football club in Scotland to become an official living-wage employer.

All staff will be paid at least the living wage of £7.85 - £1.35 per hour more than the national minimum wage.

The living wage is aimed at reflecting the actual cost of living, and is paid voluntarily by some employers. The minimum wage is a legal requirement.

The Scottish government has guaranteed the living wage to its own staff and encourages other employers to adopt it.

'Showing leadership'

The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative provides support and advice to organisations that wish to pay the living wage.

Hearts has joined a further 70 employers in Scotland who are now accredited.

Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance, which delivers the accreditation initiative, said: "Congratulations to Heart of Midlothian on becoming Scotland's first living wage-accredited football club.

"Football clubs have an important role in communities across Scotland.

"With thousands of people turning out every week to support their local clubs, they can play an important leadership role, not only for fans but for the businesses they work with.

"I hope that more clubs will follow Heart of Midlothian's example by not only giving their staff a pay rise this Christmas, but by showing real leadership on this issue on and off the pitch."

A Heart of Midlothian spokesman said: "The club feels that implementing the living wage is entirely in keeping with the values that we hold dear as Edinburgh's oldest football club.

"Since revealing our intention to implement the living wage the club has received widespread backing from both our supporters and sponsors."

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