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Compass celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

Compass Group UK and Ireland has been awarded Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation. The announcement will see the UK and London Living Wage being paid to directly employed staff and subcontracted employees on contracts where the client chooses to implement the Living Wage. Compass joins over 140 Recognised Service Providers championing the real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage is £9.50 in the UK and £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over-25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour. 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 £1bn extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Robin Mills, managing director of Compass Group UK and Ireland, said: “As a people business, it was important for us to work with the Living Wage Foundation to become a recognised service provider. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on all key workers and the important role they play to support our public services and our everyday lives. As a sector that has been significantly impacted, we want to build a better business for our people, clients and customers.

Laura Gardiner, director of the Living Wage Foundation, added: “We’re delighted that Compass Group UK and Ireland has joined the Living Wage movement and network of responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure staff earn enough to live on. As we face unprecedented new difficulties in our everyday lives, having the extra income from the real Living Wage will help workers and their families better navigate these uncertain times.”