Scottish Sea Farms rolls out cost-of-living support for staff

Salmon farmer Scottish Sea Farms has announced a package of cost-of-living support payments for its employees, to help ease the impact of higher fuel bills and food prices this winter.

Scottish Sea Farms employs just under 680 people across Scotland, including at sites on the mainland, Shetland and Orkney, and 30 at the head office in Stirling. The package, totalling £750 for each employee, will be paid in three instalments.

October and November will each see £250 added to monthly salaries, with a break in December when the company traditionally rewards its employees with an end of year bonus, followed by a third payment of £250 in January 2023.

UK inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.9% last month, and while the Westminster government has announced an energy price guarantee, fuel prices have already risen sharply this year.

Scottish Sea Farms Managing Director Jim Gallagher said: “The challenge facing all employers is how to help employees meet the increased cost of living whilst also safeguarding long-term business viability.

“Across each area of our company, costs continue to rise to levels not previously seen before. The price of fish feed – one of our single largest outlays annually – has risen by 43% this year alone. Over the same period, the cost of oil and diesel has increased by 71% and utilities by 125%.

“The pressure on household budgets is every bit as real and we hope that the extra monthly support will go some way towards helping our employees with rising household costs and bills, which have become a huge cause for concern.’”

All those employed by Scottish Sea Farms before or from 1 October 2022 will receive the cost-of-living support payments, starting this month and subject to the normal salary deductions.

Anyone starting employment after this date will be eligible from the first of the next calendar month.

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