A group of boutique hotels on Skye has become the first hospitality provider in the Hebridean islands to sign up to the UK’s real Living Wage and says its move will help post-Brexit recruitment of staff in one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
Sonas Hospitality, which has three hotels on the islands, has agreed to pay employees at least £9 an hour – the figure set by the Living Wage Foundation based on actual living costs for workers outside London.
This rate applies to all direct employees and third-party contracted staff and is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.83 per hour introduced in April 2018.
“Staff in the hospitality business work very hard and we believe each one should be valued and treated fairly,” said Anne Gracie Gunn who heads the group which owns three four-star hotels Duisdale and Toravaig House on Sleat and Skeabost House near Portree.
“All are important links in the visitor experience chain.”
Around two-thirds of Sonas’ staff on Sleat and some 50% at Skeabost House are not local.
The company employs just under 80 at peak season with 48 all year-round.
Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland manager, said: “I hope Sonas’ public commitment to their staff encourages other hospitality employers to follow its lead. Its accreditation is another hugely positive step for Living Wage Scotland.”