Raith Rovers to pay staff ‘living wage’

Starks Park, Kirkcaldy, FIFE.'Home of Raith Rovers F.C.
Starks Park, Kirkcaldy, FIFE.'Home of Raith Rovers F.C.

Raith Rovers are to pay their employees a “living wage” - they are only the second club in Scotland to make the move.

The decision was made at a recent board meeting and announced today.

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

The initiative is aimed at reflecting the actual cost of living, and it is up to employers to sign up voluntarily.

Hearts were the first Scottish club to do so as they surged towards the championsip title and promotion to the SPL, and now Rovers have followed suit.

A statement issued by the club said: “The board of directors has decided that, going forward, the club will pay all of its non-footballing staff at least the Living Wage (currently £7.85 per hour).

“In reaching this decision, and becoming one of the first Scottish football clubs to do so, we are recognising that a football club is not only its team on the pitch but also the small army of staff behind the scenes without whom we could not operate.

“At Raith Rovers we are extremely fortunate to have a hard working and dedicated workforce, and the board believes that it is only right that they are properly rewarded for their efforts, especially in these challenging economic times for everyone.”

Asked on Twitter about the news, Val McDermid, author, director and shirt sponsor, said ’’I’m delighted we’re taking a stand on this. It was unopposed at the board meeting in a, “well, duh!” kind of way.’’

The Scottish Government, which has guaranteed the living wage to its own staff, is encouraging employers across the public and private sector to adopt it.