Tag Archives: National Living Wage

Hospitality firms top wage offenders list

The government has named and shamed another raft of employers for failing to pay their staff the national minimum or living wage – and almost one in four are from the hospitality sector. For the first time, the list published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy includes employers who failed to pay…
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Brexit not an issue, but NLW causing “distress”

The National Living Wage has pushed the number of businesses in “financial distress” up by 23%, according to research by Begbies Traynor. As of October 1st, there were 97,342 firms struggling, up from 78,917 six months ago. Almost a third (33,835) were retailers, but significant numbers of bars and restaurants (10,809), food and drink retailers…
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Average pay in hospitality higher than NLW

The average pay of a hospitality worker over the age of 25 as of June 2016 was £7.47 – 27p higher than the National Living Wage. Data collected from 4,000 hospitality businesses also showed that, since the introduction of NLW, the regional pay gap between London and areas north of the M25 has narrowed from 25p…
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Profits, not jobs, hit by living wage

Employers have responded to the National Living Wage (NLW) by raising prices or reducing profits rather than cutting jobs, according to new research. A Resolution Foundation survey of 500 businesses found that of those firms affected by the NLW, the most popular short-term action taken had been to increase prices (36%), followed by taking lower…
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NLW and Brexit create workforce headaches

More than half (54%) of Britain’s pub and restaurant groups believe the national living wage (NLW) is a positive change for the eating- and drinking-out market. However, 53% said it would have a negative impact on their own business. Moving from the new rate of £7.20 per hour (introduced back in April) to £9 per…
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British strawberry fields may not be forever

Foodservice companies could have to look overseas for strawberries as British suppliers struggle to come to terms with the National Living Wage. The NLW is costing growers 58% of their profit and this has put the sector under serious threat, according to hospitality consultants Beacon. The price of lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes may also…
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Age no barrier to living wage

AccorHotels is the latest hospitality company to announce that it will go beyond the Government’s guidelines and apply the new National Living Wage to all its employees, irrespective of age. The hotel group, which employs over 5,000 people in the UK across brands including Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis, said the move is a…
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Analysis: Can foodservice solve the productivity conundrum?

George Osborne is renowned for his ability to put a positive spin on the most ambiguous of statistics, but not even the Chancellor can find a favourable frame for the UK’s dismal productivity figures. Recent ONS data showed Britain as having one of the worst levels of productivity among the G7 countries, with only Japan…
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Bruising time for UK fruit and veg

The UK horticulture sector faces major structural issues that threaten its long-term viability, based on the findings of two new reports. The sector faces issues on both the supply and demand side, according to the latest paper by the Food Research Collaboration, which highlights the dual threat posed by the UK’s growing trade gap in…
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News review

IT APPEARS THAT all 19 government requests for bans of GM crop cultivation are expected to go unchallenged by biotech companies, paving the way for two thirds of the EU’s farmland and population to remain GM-free. According to information it obtained from the European Commission, Greenpeace believes that biotech companies have so far accepted all…
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