ENABLE wins 2021 Living Wage Scotland Outstanding Leadership Award

ENABLE Scotland has won the Living Wage Scotland Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition of its sector-leading commitment to raising pay for the social care workforce to – and beyond – the real living wage.

The award was presented at the 2021 Living Wage Scotland Awards on 19 November, and it recognises the charity’s leadership and campaigning in the drive for fair work; acting to demonstrate the importance of the living wage and encouraging others to follow, and speaking out about the wider economic benefits of good pay and conditions for staff.

ENABLE Scotland was one of only three employers – and the only third sector organisation – to be shortlisted in the Outstanding Leadership category, and the award acknowledges the charity’s journey from campaigning for increased Government funding for social care pay, to becoming the largest social care provider to be an accredited real living wage employer, and now paying an enhanced rate beyond the real living wage to their entire 1,800-strong frontline social care workforce.


ENABLE Group CEO Theresa Shearer said:

It is a great honour to receive this award from Living Wage Scotland, and I am proud of ENABLE Scotland’s leadership in the successful campaign to make pay at a rate in excess of the real living wage reality for all 148,000 frontline social care workers across Scotland.

“This award recognises that ENABLE Scotland has taken the initiative to lead change in a traditionally low-paid sector – by paying the real living wage for every hour worked before all our commissioners funded us to do so, and now paying all our frontline care workers an enhanced rate beyond the real living wage for the vital and outstanding work they do.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever that excellent human rights-driven self-directed social care and support are absolutely critical to an integrated health and care system, and our action to pay more than the real living wage helps ensure social care is an attractive, flexible and rewarding career choice.


Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said:

“We are delighted to see ENABLE Scotland receive the Outstanding Leadership Award as part of this year’s Living Wage Awards. They are one of the largest social care providers to be an accredited real Living Wage employer, who now pay their 1,800 staff an enhanced rate beyond the real Living Wage. The award recognises their notable contributions to making the social care sector more just and a better place to work.”


Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland Manager, added:

“Congratulations to ENABLE Scotland as the winner of Living Wage Scotland’s Outstanding Leadership Award 2021. Our judging panel were impressed with the range of ways in which ENABLE Scotland has sought to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of the real Living Wage in social care.”

“Their ongoing effort to champion the real Living Wage in the social care sector is an important signal of leadership. We hope more employers follow their lead by joining the Living Wage movement, ensuring all workers in the sector, including domestic and ancillary workers, can all benefit from a wage floor that covers their everyday needs.”


ENABLE Scotland is among 2,400 organisations who are formally recognised as accredited living wage employers. The charity already pays all its frontline care workers more than the new real living wage of £9.90 per hour, and is leading by example by preparing an enhanced pay offer yet further beyond the new living wage for its workforce.

22 more social care providers have followed ENABLE Scotland’s lead by achieving Living Wage accreditation in the last year.

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