Leading health and social care sector meals supplier apetito has announced it is introducing the new Living Wage four months ahead of schedule.
The accredited Living Wage Foundation employer is paying its staff the new voluntary Living Wage of £8.45 outside London (£9.75 within London) as of January 1.
Paul Freeston, chief executive, apetito UK, said: “Supporting the accredited Living Wage is quite simply the right way to do business; it improves our employees’ quality of life, but also benefits our business and society as a whole.
“Our mission at apetito is to ‘make a real difference’ and that means embedding principles that support our customers, our supply chain, and crucially, our work-force.”
apetito is part of a group of FTSE 100 companies and public sector organisations who have committed to the voluntary pay rate, which is higher than the government’s mandatory National Living Wage.
Paying the real Living Wage is part of apetito’s ‘Fairness Agenda’ which operates across the UK company. The company also has a profit-share scheme for staff which is paid in addition to the Living Wage.
The real Living Wage is the only wage calculated based on what employees and their families need to live.