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British Airways i360 to pay Living Wage

Direct employees at new venue will be paid a minimum of £8.25 per hour, the current Brighton & Hove Living Wage

Picture credit: Kevin Meredith – British Airways i360

The new British Airways i360 in Brighton is to pay a Living Wage to all directly contracted staff.

The pledge means that direct employees will be paid a minimum of £8.25 per hour, the current Brighton & Hove Living Wage.

Due to open this summer, the 162m high British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower, offering views of up to 26 miles across the beautiful Sussex coastline. 

CEO Eleanor Harris said: “British Airways i360 will be directly employing approximately 60 full time and around 20 part time staff and they will all be paid at least the Living Wage. 

“We are very proud to commit to pay at least the Living Wage to all our employees and this includes young people who are recent school or college leavers.”

The attraction has come in for criticism from union leaders after it emerged that restaurant provider Heritage Portfolio is advertising catering and waiting staff roles at the i360 with wages starting from £7.20 per hour.

Brighton & Hove City Council Leader Warren Morgan said: "The BAi360 pledged 18 months ago to pay its staff the Living Wage of £8.25 an hour, and I'm pleased they are honouring that commitment with their 80 directly employed staff.

“They are amongst the first in the tourism sector to do so, but like most in the catering and hospitality sector, their restaurant provider Heritage Portfolio won't be paying the Brighton and Hove Living Wage.

“We've backed the Brighton and Hove Living Wage campaign since the start, and it is important that as many employers as possible across all sectors are encouraged to pay their staff a wage that enables them to live in the city and play a full part in our local economy.”

The i360 is set to become a major event venue when it opens in the summer. Its glass viewing pod can be hired exclusively for receptions for up to 200 people, while at the base of the tower is a beach building featuring conference and events rooms for up to 1,000 people, opening up to a beach-side terrace.

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