Compass Group UK and Ireland has been awarded Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation.
The food and support services provider joins over 140 Recognised Service Providers championing the real Living Wage, and will pay the UK and London Living Wage directly to employed staff and subcontracted employees on contracts where the client chooses to implement the Living Wage.
Compass employs tens of thousands of frontline employees within schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and care homes, behind the scenes 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 is showing its dedication to raising employer standards in the hospitality industry by offering a Living Wage bid alongside every market rate submission to all prospective and current clients, helping to advocate for a Living Wage throughout its network.
Robin Mills, Managing Director, Compass Group UK and Ireland commented: “As a people business, it was important for Compass Group UK and Ireland 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.
“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 currently £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.
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.