Pocket sized Hands Become Living Wage Accredited


9th October 2020

Pocket Sized Hands has become one of the latest Living Wage accredited employers in Dundee.

They are a software and games company that make fun and immersive augmented virtual reality games and experiences.

This comes during Challenge Poverty Week (5th– 11th October), which is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland.

They join over 27 employers in the city who have become accredited since the drive to make Dundee a Living Wage City was launched in March 2019, bringing the total of accredited Living Wage employers based in Dundee to 78.

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis, recognising the value of their workers and ensuring that a hard day’s work receives a fair day’s pay. Right now, is when standing by these values matters the most and employers who do right by workers and families are the ones that will help lead us through and out of this crisis. 

The UK wide campaign will see employers up and down the country marking their commitment to paying the real living wage.

A Pocket Sized Hands Spokesperson said: "We at Pocket Sized Hands believe that as employers, we ought to make sure that workers should be paid fairly, even more so with the ongoing covid-19 situation.

“Financial security for family and friends are large concerns because of it, and we understand this - thus, we agree that workers should earn a decent standard living wage to have that financial security through the crisis we're facing."

Fairness and Equalities Spokesperson Councillor Lynne Short said: “I’m delighted to announce another Living Wage Employer in the city

“We remain committed as ever to making Dundee the first Living Wage City in the UK, but understand the difficult situation many businesses are in.

“The ongoing economic uncertainty caused by covid-19 amplifies why as a city we need to make sure workers are being paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.

“Dundee is the centre of video gaming and it’s great to see the video gaming community join us on the journey to making Dundee a Living Wage city.”

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland said:

“We are delighted to welcome Pocket Sized Hands to the Living Wage movement.

We are a movement of over 1800 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that everyone can earn a decent standard of living and families have what they need to thrive.

Employers like Pocket Sized Hands are helping to set the standard for business in Dundee by making sure that workers have what they need to get by, and we hope to see many more employers following their example.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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