Commitment by SimplyFixIt
Repair firm sets standard on living wage
The move by SimplyFixIt means all 35 staff are guaranteed to earn £2,184 a year above the minimum wage.
It is the first tech and computer repair specialist in the UK to be accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Scott Wilkinson, the firm’s business development manager said: “We’re extremely proud to be the first in our sector to be accredited and we hope that sets down a marker for others to follow.
“To be the first in your field always feels special. But to be a leader in such a vitally important area is particularly gratifying, knowing we are supporting our staff in a way that others might not be. When it comes to acting ethically there’s only one side to be on.”
SimpyFixIt has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and the increased wage commitment aligns the firm with scottishlivingwage.org, an initiative launched in partnership by the Scottish Government and The Poverty Alliance.
It means staff at the stores will earn £1.05 more an hour than the UK Government’s national minimum wage. Based on a 40 hour week, SimplyFixIt’s staff could earn £2,184 a year more than workers at companies which do not pay the Living Wage.
Mr Wilkinson added: “Staff are the backbone of any business. It is essential our employees are happy and motivated to go above and beyond for our customers.
“We believe that everyone who works should be fairly paid, so this was a natural step to take. If our staff have a bit more in their pocket, that’s good for everyone.”
That is echoed by experts who insist that employers who pay the Living Wage are likely to see a host of benefits, not least the faith in their workforce being repaid with increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.
Peter Kelly, director of the Poverty Alliance said: “Paying the Living Wage not only has benefits to the individual employees but also businesses and wider society.
“Evidence from other Living Wage employers shows that receiving the Living Wage allows their staff to enjoy a better quality of living, whether that means being able to set aside a few extra pounds every month to save for their future or being able to spend more time with friends and family.
“Businesses which pay the Living Wage have recorded lower levels of absenteeism, increased staff retention and productivity.”
SimplyFixIt began as a PC retailer in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield area and has grown to include eight stores, most recently opening a new branch in Glasgow’s Bath Street.
To date more than 500 companies have been accredited with living wage status by the Scottish Living Wage Foundation.