The Living Wage Week message has been lighting up the skies in Highland Perthshire.

As The Enchanted Forest wrapped up another record breaking year on Sunday (November 5), Scotland's multi award-winning sound and light show underlined its commitment to fair pay by projecting the Living Wage logo above Loch Dunmore in Faskally Wood.

Event organiser The Enchanted Forest Community Trust jumped at the chance to support Living Wage Week (Nov 5-10) with the eye-catching projection after it was accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, earlier this year.

Zoë Squair, Creative Producer of The Enchanted Forest, said: "We employ a significant amount of people on a seasonal basis every year to make the Enchanted Forest the success that it is. With over 80,000 visitors to the show in 2018, quite simply without these short-term employees The Enchanted Forest just wouldn't happen. As a result, in line with our community principles, we are delighted to be a Living Wage accredited employer and support Living Wage with this special light show."

The Living Wage accreditation awards companies and organisations which have made a commitment to offering a wage higher than the national average. Every year the Enchanted Forest Community Trust employs up to 70 people in a variety of roles to make The Enchanted Forest happen. These include customer service, stewards and transport staff, all of whom are vital to the smooth running of the event every year.

The Living Wage commitment sees all employees of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, aged 18 years and above, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage (£8.75 which increased to £9 this week). This is significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £7.38 for under 25s and the national living wage of £7.83 for over 25s.

With over 4,300 Living Wage employers in the UK, the Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard' for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public. It is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

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Photo by Angus Forbes

Abigail Shepherd