Operator makes Living Wage pledge

Faucet Inn has announced that it has become the first multiple bar and pub operator to make a commitment to become a “Living Wage” employer.

It plans to ensure that staff at its 21 venues across London and the south-east earn enough to have a “minimum acceptable quality of life”, using a voluntary scheme promoted by the Living Wage Foundation.

Steve Cox, managing director of Faucet Inn, said: “This is a very worthy initiative, and Faucet Inn and I are proud to be involved. I am sure it will assist the company in recruiting and retaining only the best of employees which, in turn, will deliver only the highest of standards of service and product required by our customers.

“Our commitment to this is 100 per cent and we are currently in consultation with our employees.”

The Living Wage takes into account the area-specific cost of living, as well as the basic expenses involved in supporting a family. The Living Wage is now set at £8.55 an hour in London and £7.45 an hour in the rest of the UK, compared to the national minimum wage of £6.19 for those aged over 21. Since the campaign was launched in 2001, over 45,000 families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result.

A report from business advisers KPMG last month revealed that people working in the bar, pub and restaurant industry were among those most likely to be on the lower pay scale, with 90 per cent of bar staff and 85 per cent of waiting staff earning less than the living wage.

Faucet Inn operates an eclectic range of venues from traditional English pubs and boutique hotels, such as the Grasshopper Inn in Morehouse, Kent, and Ember in Southampton, to modern London bars such as Babel in Battersea and Metro in Holloway as well as gay bars Comptons in Soho and the Black Cap in Camden.

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