Dundee is set to become the UK’s first ‘Living Wage’ city where everyone earns above minimum wage as part of a wider scheme by Living Wage Scotland tackling poverty among low wage workers. The plan is to ensure that all workers receive the national living wage which is significantly higher than the current statutory minimum wage of £7.83 per hour. More than 50 employers have already signed up to the scheme meaning staff should now receive wages of at least £9 per hour – the real living wage 2019.
According to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work minister, Jamie Hepburn, there are benefits from employers, as well as workers. He says there is clear evidence that higher-paid employees have better morale, are more productive and take fewer sick days. For the customers and business partners of companies that offer the national living wage, it also sends out a message that the organisation is committed to ethical working practices.
Dundee is already an attractive destination for workers
But that’s not the only reason you might want to consider working in Dundee. The city was recently been voted the best place to live in Scotland, ahead of Edinburgh, and Finnieston in Glasgow, in this year’s Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the UK survey. This announcement comes just after the opening of the long-awaited V&A Museum, making Dundee a major cultural destination in Scotland.
The city already boasts one of the UK’s best universities and is undergoing a major makeover in the form of £1 billion waterfront regeneration project, including a number of co-working developments. The Sunday Times said in its review that Dundee had high employment, good house prices and praised the city for its strong sense of community spirit.
More jobs in more sectors
Some of the biggest employment sectors in Dundee have traditionally been healthcare, social work, education, and retail. However, that has been changing in recent years as the city reinvents itself as one of Scotland’s fastest-growing creative hubs. Electronic gaming is one of the areas that has really taken off – both Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings were created by city-based developers. While known as a ‘games’ city, mobile app development would appear to be the next growth area as the city’s software firms start punching above their weight.
In addition, around 3000 Dundonians are now employed in the biomedical and technical industries. The establishment of a biological services centre at the University of Dundee has created a new cluster of businesses within a three-mile radius of the institute, which is already one of the biggest employers in the region, along with the city council, the NHS, BT, and Tesco.
It will be interesting to see the results of the ‘living wage’ scheme. No doubt, agencies from other regions will be looking on to see if these types of schemes could give a boost to their own localities, safeguarding and even growing jobs in the face of Brexit.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for the latest job opportunities in Dundee, start with a job search on Zoek.
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