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Paying the Living Wage is a "no-brainer", says hotelier

Claim comes as Living Wage Foundation announces rise in rate and number of businesses paying rate

Pictured: John Firrell (Roy Strutt Photography)

Paying a Living Wage is a “no-brainer”, according to a leading hotelier.

The news comes in Living Wage Week, as the Living Wage Foundation announces a rise in the rate and a rise in the number of businesses paying the rate.

John Firrell, chairman of Considerate Hoteliers Ltd, which aims to encourage the adoption of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable practices among hoteliers, said: “The hospitality industry is often accused of paying low wages. At Considerate Hoteliers, our Charter asks members to pay a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. In today's parlance that may be interpreted as a "living wage"

“We at Considerate Hoteliers realise adopting a Living Wage ethos is easier said than done. However making a commitment to a Living Wage, something you wish to aspire to, is indeed a direction that is easy to take. 

“Paying a fair day's pay for a fair day's work" is a no-brainer. You recruit better staff, you retain staff for longer, better staff often means employing less staff, contented staff are your best marketeers and the environment you create is contagious - others can be infected by your wish to reap the rewards of being corporately and socially responsible. Work and let live!”

As part of Living Wage Week (November 1-7) the Living Wage Foundation has announced a rise in the voluntary rate.

Accredited Living Wage employers will pay their staff at least the new voluntary Living Wage rate of £8.25 per hour, rising from £7.85; significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 per hour, and the new 'National Living Wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour that will come into force across the UK in April 2016. The London Living Wage has also increased, from £9.15 to £9.40 per hour

There are now more than 2,000 accredited Living Wage employers across the UK, double the number of accredited businesses from November 2014, while the number of employers paying the London Living Wage has grown from 429 to 724 in the last year.

The announcement will see a pay rise for approximately 68,000 staff that are employees of the accredited businesses that commit to paying all their staff, including sub-contracted teams working on their premises, at least the Living Wage. 

Sarah Vero, director Living Wage Foundation said: "Today we are celebrating those 2,000 responsible businesses that are voluntarily paying the Living Wage to their staff. These employers are not waiting for Government to tell them what to do; their actions are helping to end the injustice that is in-work poverty in the UK now. The Living Wage campaign is growing at pace. 

"Today more UK businesses are announcing their Living Wage accreditation including national retailer Richer Sounds, Lloyds Banking Group and Unilever. They join a growing list of organisations ranging from FTSE 100 companies to independent businesses, SMEs and third sector employers who all share our belief that work should be the surest way out of poverty. The Living Wage is good for people and for business."

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