Faucet Inn makes living wage commitment

By Peter Ruddick

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Steve Cox, managing director of Faucet Inn, has committed his company to paying all of its employees the living wage
Steve Cox, managing director of Faucet Inn, has committed his company to paying all of its employees the living wage
London-based pub operator Faucet Inn has announced it is to become the latest hospitality employer to pay its employees the official living wage; the first UK pub company to commit to the scheme, it says.

Following a successful trial during the living wage week earlier this month, the company has agreed to the scheme which was introduced as part of a campaign launched in 2001.

Employees at Faucet Inn, which now operates 20 pubs in London and the south, will soon receive at least £8.55 an hour in London and £7.45 an hour in the rest of the UK.

The National Minimum Wage currently stands at £6.19 an hour for those aged over 21.

"This is a very worthy initiative," Steve Cox, managing director of Faucet Inn said this week. "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," he added.

Quality of life

The Living Wage Campaign began its crusade for employees to receive the wage more than 11 years ago with the aim of giving workers the ability 'to provide their family with the essentials of life.'

So-called 'growing eclectic collection of venues' Faucet Inn has become the latest hospitality business to commit to the scheme or back its aims.

Earlier this year, Intercontinental Hotels Group announced it would become the first hotel chain in the capital to offer a London living wage.

In June, Patrick Dempsey, managing director of the hotels and restaurants division of Whitbread, revealed his firm backed the scheme and would investigate how it could introduce it.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on other businesses in the capital to follow the lead of companies like Faucet Inn, saying the wage helps drive motivation and productivity.

"Paying the London living wage is not only morally right, but makes good business sense too. What may appear to a company to be an unaffordable cost in a highly competitive market should more often be viewed as a sound investment decision."

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