Hospitality company Artfarm is now an accredited Living Wage Employer.
The independently owned company, which operates sites in Scotland, Somerset and London will now ensure that all its staff currently working at the National Minimum Wage rate will receive the real Living Wage.
Jonathon Cornaby, Artfarm’s chief financial officer commented: “The challenges that we find ourselves facing in the aftermath of Brexit and Covid also present us with an opportunity to remodel something as old as hospitality, which is steeped in tradition.”
“We place equal value on our people and our guests; if our Artfarm team is happy, we will have happy guests. Committing to the real Living Wage is a positive step we are delighted to embrace.”
Artfarm’s current portfolio includes The Fife Arms in Braemar, Scotland, as well as four sites in Somerset: the Durslade Farmhouse, Roth Bar & Grill, Durslade Farm Shop and Round Hill Grange in Somerset. In late 2022, the group will add to its portfolio with Audley, opening in the Mayfair neighbourhood of London.
The Living Wage is calculated according to the cost of living in a designated area, accounting for life expenses such as travel costs, rent and food and drink.
The news is welcome in the hospitality industry, at a time when many companies are finding it difficult to recruit staff due to issues surrounding Brexit and the ongoing Covid pandemic.
According to ONS data, in April 2020 the hospitality sector recorded the highest proportion of jobs paid below the Living Wage in the UK (70.8%).
Since its introduction in 2011, the Living Wage movement is believed to have delivered a pay rise to over 260,000 people and put over £1.5 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.