The soaring price of electricity is just one of the rising costs facing both SSF and its employees.

Scottish Sea Farms to give £750 per person cost-of-living payments to staff

Move is best way to help employees while safeguarding business viability says salmon farmer

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Scotland’s second largest salmon farmer Scottish Sea Farms today announced that it will provide cost-of-living support payments to its employees to help ease the impact of soaring fuel bills and food prices this winter.

The support, 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 hands out an end of year bonus, followed by a third payment of £250 in January 2023.

The initiative, which will cost SSF more than half a million pounds, comes after inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.9% last month, and as the energy price guarantee – a UK government intervention to reduce future costs – comes into effect.

Unprecedented costs

Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher said the company had been looking closely at what more it could do to cushion the worst of the cost-of-living crisis for its 678-strong workforce.

“The challenge facing all employers is how help employees meet the increased cost of living whilst also safeguarding long-term business viability,” said Gallagher in a press release.

“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%.

Easing the pressure

“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 day of the next calendar month.