Support services provider Compass Group UK and Ireland has been awarded Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation.
The UK and London Living Wage will be paid to directly employed staff and subcontracted employees on contracts where the client chooses to implement the Living Wage. Compass joins more than 140 recognised service providers operating the real Living Wage.
The real Living Wage is currently £9.50 in the UK and £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over-25s – currently £8.72 an hour.
Compass employs tens of thousands of frontline employees at schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and care homes, at sports and leisure events, as well as providing catering and cleaning in offices, boardrooms and workplaces as diverse as oil rigs and military bases.
As a recognised service provider, Compass said it is showing its dedication to raising employer standards in the hospitality sector by offering a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate submission to all prospective and current clients, to advocate for a Living Wage throughout their networks.
Robin Mills, managing director of Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “We have pledged to pay all our direct workers the real Living Wage and will advocate with clients and potential clients to highlight the positive difference a real Living Wage makes. By tackling low pay head-on, together we can make a real difference to the lives of our people and in turn their families.”
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 240,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low-paid workers.
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