Setting standards as an accredited Living Hours Employer15 Apr 2021
SSE has been confirmed as an accredited Living Hours employer – underlining our commitment to providing workers with secure, guaranteed working hours.
The business, already a leading advocate of the Living Wage movement, has been working towards accreditation for some time. And the announcement further demonstrates the importance we place on setting strong standards on fair work and better support for workers and families.
"We’re delighted that SSE has accredited as a Living Hours Employer. This is a challenging time, with the pandemic having affected all of our lives and livelihoods in some way.Laura Gardiner, Living Wage Foundation Director
But it has also shown the importance of providing workers and families with stability and security. As we look to start our economic recovery, there is strong public support for employers to provide their staff with stable and guaranteed hours. By becoming a Living Hours Employer, and committing to decent work, businesses like SSE are helping to lead us out of this crisis."
John Stewart, SSE HR Director, said: “The real Living Wage movement has been an incredible phenomenon, championing the fundamental truth that people should be able earn enough to live a decent life.
“Living Hours is the other side of that coin. The amount of pay employees take home can be affected by irregular and unpredictable hours.
“The majority of our direct employees are already on contracts which meet the Living Hours requirements, but it is right that a company like SSE, headquartered in the UK and delivering some of the biggest projects in the fight against climate change, should guarantee higher standards for workers. This is fundamental to ensuring there is a fair and just transition to net zero.
“Like with our Living Wage accreditation, the most important impact of Living Hours is that, in time, it will flow through our supply chain activities and benefit those working regularly on our behalf too. It is the right thing to do and we are very proud to have achieved this accreditation and hope it will help show others the way.”
The Living Hours programme requires employers to both pay a real Living Wage and commit to provide at least four weeks’ notice for every shift, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period.
Living Hours employers also provide a guaranteed minimum of 16 working hours every week (unless the worker requests otherwise), and a contract that accurately reflects hours worked.
SSE is currently delivering £4m in investment, every single day, in low-carbon energy and electricity infrastructure over the next five years.
This includes building the world’s largest offshore windfarm at Dogger Bank, off the coast of Yorkshire, Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm at Seagreen off the coast of Angus, and what is set to be one of Europe’s most productive onshore windfarms - Viking in the Shetland Islands.