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Levy UK to pay all employees the Real Living Wage

Levy UK, the sports and hospitality division of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has announced it will be paying all its UK employees – including variable hours workers – the Real Living Wage or above from 1 January 2023.

Levy employs over a thousand full-time workers and has a 14,500 strong variable hour workforce to support its clients from sports stadia, arenas and conference centres across the country. Levy has worked closely with clients to move to this positive position, many of which are also RLW employers, such as Chelsea Football Club and Edgbaston.

The Real Living Wage Foundation announced in September that the new Living Wages rates would increase by 10.1 per cent rise to the UK rate and an 8.1 per cent rise to reflect current inflation. The new Real Living Wage rate is £10.90, and the London Living Wage rate will rise to £11.95.

Levy is part of food services giant Compass Group UK & Ireland, which became a Real Living Wage accredited service provider in November 2020. Over the past two years Compass has worked with over 300 clients to move to RLW. In 2022, this resulted in over 60 per cent of employees being paid RLW and above.

Compass Group UK & Ireland announced it was paying the new Real Living Wage uplift to those employees it directly employs from 1 November. The business is currently supporting clients to move to the new rates over the coming months.

Jon Davies, Managing Director, Levy UK said: “Our people are the lifeblood of our business, so paying a fair wage, especially in light of the cost-of-living crisis, is absolutely the right thing to do. We have been working in partnership with our clients over the past two years to move to the position of paying 100 per cent of our workers in the UK the Real Living Wage. We value and care for our people and know that paying the Real Living Wage can make a big difference, allowing them to enjoy a more balanced life.”

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