Hospitality group Manorview Hotels and Leisure has unveiled a “major commitment” to become Living Wage accredited this year.
It comes as the Scottish hotel group said its team was its “biggest asset”, and it “has always been a goal” to become real Living Wage accredited, despite the cost challenges that come with such a move.
Through lockdown, however, the hotel group “focused on overcoming any perceived hurdles” to become accredited, and has now announced its commitment to work towards real Living Wage accreditation.
The hotel chain has now started the application process and is aiming to become a real Living Wage accredited employer by 1 November 2020.
When the accreditation application process has been completed and approved, the move will see its 500 employees uplifted to the real Living Wage rate of £9.30 per hour. Manorview has estimated that this will come at a cost to them of approximately £300,000 to £350,000 per year.
Once it is accredited, it will join over 1,800 organisations in Scotland who are currently accredited employers, and the Manorview Group will become one of the largest accredited hospitality employers in Scotland.
David Tracey, managing director, Manorview Group said: “We feel compelled to back the team which has shown so much commitment and resilience in recent months.
“This is a new investment in our people and a commitment to them that we will pay the real Living Wage as a minimum.”
He added: “Our industry is going through its toughest period ever, it’s literally on its knees – this decision not only supports our people but demonstrates our confidence in the hospitality sector.
“We have faith that we can recover from this and come back stronger, particularly with the incredible team that we have behind us.”
Jack Evans, manager of Living Wage Scotland said: “I am delighted that Manorview Hotels and Leisure Group have committed to paying the real Living Wage to all their staff. While the impact of Covid-19 is felt by every person, organisation and community, that impact has not been equal.
“The hospitality industry in Scotland is vital and has been massively hit, the recovery will require bold action by employers. This is what we are seeing from The Manorview Group. With this investment they are putting their team at the heart of their response to the challenges brought by Covid-19.”