Caterer Compass Group has announced new measures including pay bonuses to support its frontline staff delivering essential services – including those at the new field hospital at ExCel, London.
The company said it wanted “to recognise the exceptional efforts of its colleagues and support its communities during this crisis”.
Compass employees are working in NHS hospitals and critical services up and down the country. These include schools for key workers and vulnerable children, and the armed forces, police, national infrastructure and government buildings.
Employees are also helping in supermarkets, as the company’s supply chain has been redirected to provide essential provisions for frontline workers. It is also donating cash and providing food within communities.
Actions being taken include:
- Awarding a bonus in the range of 8 per cent to 17 per cent additional pay to all 7,800 colleagues supporting the NHS as ward hosts, hospital porters or cleaners.
- Foodbuy, the caterer’s procurement business, is providing 10,000 free food boxes for collection by its frontline employees.
Compass is also donating £500,000 of food to Fareshare as well as ensuring that its food surplus continues to support food banks and other charitable and community providers including Plan Zheroes, Too Good to Go, Olio, Salvation Army and City Harvest.
It is also redeploying thousands of Compass team members into hospitals, care homes and on to the shop floors of national retailers.
Robin Mills, managing director Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “Across the UK, Compass employees are playing an invaluable role in the country’s battle against coronavirus, ensuring NHS patients and staff are fed and their wards are kept clean, and supporting key workers in the education, defence and infrastructure sectors. I am enormously proud of them and want to thank them for the incredible dedication they are showing in unprecedented circumstances. As a business we are doing everything we can to support the national effort.”