Are you on board to raise the London minimum wage?

Patrick Dempsey (Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants): “We are creating 10,000 jobs at Whitbread.”

Hopefully you have heard the positive news that InterContinental Hotels (IHG) will become the first UK hotel group to boost salaries to support the London Living Wage.  IHG has agreed to phased pay rises over a five-year period in each of its eight managed hotels in the capital, ensuring all staff will be receiving the London Living Wage of £8.30.  They are also creating 10,000 jobs!

The Living Wage Campaign was launched by London Citizens in 2001 and has since won over £100m for more than 10,000 low-paid workers in London.

At the British Hospitality Association Tourism & Hospitality Summit on 1 June 2012 Patrick Dempsey also revealed that the Whitbread owned, Premier Inn operator is considering introducing a London living wage.  The summit also urged fellow hospitality employers to join The Big Conversation to talk about jobs and apprentices in the industry and join together in looking at raising hospitality wages in the city. For highlights on the event visit the Summit 2012.

The event highlighted the importance for industry to work together to support the economy in hospitality and tourism in the UK and investing the right training, development, time and funding into your teams can make a difference.

For more information on The London Living Wage and how it can support your team members visit the London Living Wage Foundation.

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