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Posted (May 29, 2015)

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Appetite Direct becomes Scotland’s 206th Living Wage employer

Appetite Direct Ltd is delighted to have become the 206th organisation in Scotland to pay the living wage  to all of its employees. The move includes casual event staff who have traditionally been minimum wage employees in hospitality environments and will ensure that the 40 or so casual staff Appetite Direct employs as waiting staff and event auxiliaries are compensated fairly for all their hard work.

Nigel Kennedy, director of Appetite Direct says “We have been wanting to do this for some time and have been gradually increasing our hourly rate since economic conditions have been improving. Because the transition has been gradual it has not been a huge jump for us. the benefits to us as an organisation are multiple as it is a great boost to recruitment and retention of staff who are the key to delivering a great event. We don’t do zero hours contracts either and we would encourage other employers in our sector to take the step to becoming more responsible.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Appetite Direct Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

 “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, UK wide including Appetite Direct ltd, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “


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