New public funding demand requires museums in Scotland to pay Living Wage

© Image: David von Becker Two people are hanging a painting on a wall next to a painting that already is hung up.

© Image: David von Becker

Museums and galleries in Scotland must pay all of their workers at least the real Living Wage (£10.90 per hour) to apply for grants, following changes to funding criteria introduced by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).

Fair Work is a priority area in MGS's recently launched strategy for 2023-2030. The funding and development body has produced a Fair Work Resources for Employers page to help museums find support and guidance towards becoming a Fair Work employer. MSG is required to align its criteria to the Scottish Government's Fair Work First policy, which applies to grants and public contracts being awarded by and across the public sector.