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Living Wage Increased and Adopted by Compass Group

Living Wage
09 November 2020

Compass Group UK and Ireland is delighted to announce it has been awarded Recognised Service Provider status by the Living Wage Foundation, in line with the foundation's update to proposed rates of pay. 

The announcement will see the UK and London Living Wage 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.


"By tackling low pay head on, together we can make a real difference to the lives of our people and in turn their families."

– Robin Mills
Managing Director, Compass Group UK and Ireland

The Real Living Wage 

The real Living Wage is £9.50 in the UK and £10.85 in London. Set up by the Living Wage Foundation as a voluntary benchmark to ensure a standard of living, this has seen an increase of 10 pence in London and 20 pence in the rest of the UK this month. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour. The Living Wage foundation have calculated the benefits to the working public as a result of this update:

  • Over 250,000 people are set for a pay boost  
  • Since 2011, over £1.3 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers thanks to the Living Wage movement, with £800m going to people in key worker industries 
  • Nearly £200 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown
  • Living Wage Foundation research finds that 5.5 million employees (a fifth of employees) are still paid under the real Living Wage

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. 

Compass Group's Commitment


Compass is the UK’s largest food and support services provider, employing 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 their 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.”

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “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.

"Compass’ commitment to advancing the Living Wage through their own organisation and those of their clients places them amongst the movement’s foremost champions. Their leadership as a Recognised Service Provider showcases their belief that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer."

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 09 November 2020


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