Edinburgh’s first recruiter adopts business pledge

Edgar Stewart director Bruce Hydes
Edgar Stewart director Bruce Hydes
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Edgar Stewart has become Edinburgh’s first recruitment outfit to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge.

The firm, which specialises in the technology, food and drink and life sciences sectors, has agreed to honour nine separate commitments, which include paying workers the living wage and settling invoices promptly within 30 days.

It has also promised to avoid using exploitative zero hours contracts; support progressive workforce engagement; invest in youth; make progress on diversity and gender balance; commit to an innovation programme; pursue international business opportunities; and play an active role in the community.

To retain its Scottish Business Pledge status, Edgar Stewart must deliver on all nine components and will be surveyed every two years to ensure its compliance.

Director Bruce Hydes said: “As a recruitment and ‘people first’ business, it’s imperative we are seen to be supporting any pledge that improves the working lives of Scots. And it wasn’t difficult to meet the Scottish Business Pledge criteria since we are already fulfilling many of its components.”

Other employers that have already signed up to the pledge include law firm Morton Fraser, Scottish Water and the University of Edinburgh.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney added: “I am happy to welcome Edgar Stewart into the growing network of businesses that are pursuing inclusive growth and a fair-minded, progressive approach to business.”

Edgar Stewart last month launched Talented, a recruitment agency for high-growth start-ups and small firms.