Your article on salaries underlines the case for Government contracts to only be awarded to firms paying a living wage (Loss of low-paid jobs behind "rising wages" figure for Scots workers, Business, December 2).
Research has shown the impact of a difficult climate of rising prices and increasing living costs is falling hardest on low-paid workers.
But a better deal for lower-paid workers would also benefit businesses and the economy. Independent research has found that making employees feel more valued improves morale, productivity and cuts absenteeism. There is no reason not to expect similar benefits in Scotland and elsewhere as the living wage becomes more established.
Improving the pay of lower-paid workers would lead to higher spending across Scotland, helping businesses to grow. Meanwhile, spending less on tax credits for low-paid workers could free up funds to spend on services and help reduce Government debt.
Chief executive, Commsworld
We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules
Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.