Milestone Vendor Foundry Coffee Roasters Celebrates Commitment To Real Living Wage

Foundry Coffee Roasters has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Foundry Coffee Roasters receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London.

Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.

Foundry Coffee Roasters is based in Yorkshire and the Humber, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with over 465,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, Foundry Coffee Roasters has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 200,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

“We’ve wanted to do this from day one as we’ve always believed that rewarding our team will help make them happier – happier teams are more motivated and productive so it makes business sense as much as it’s just the right thing to do.” Lee Newell, Managing Director.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Foundry Coffee Roasters has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Foundry Coffee Roasters, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”