Dumfries and Galloway Council is to implement the pay increase for its staff that has been agreed nationally through the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Council staff will receive a one percent increase in their December salary. This is a two-year deal in which a further one percent will apply in April next year. This excludes chief officers, craft and teaching staff who negotiate separately.
Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, council Leader, said: “The agreement links the payments to the national living wage. Those whose salary does not reach the hourly rate determined by the Living Wage Foundation will receive a further increase to make sure their salary reaches that level. The two-year deal is linked to this living wage.”
An estimated 1300 staff received the Living Wage following the application of the £7.50 rate. On November 4 the Living Wage Foundation announced that the recommended level for the Living Wage in the UK (outside London) from April 1, 2014, would rise to £7.65 per hour. D&G Council will apply this increase.