Third of top firms pay living wage, as Diageo commits

The firm is the 33rd in the FTSE100 to accredit to the Living Wage Foundation
The firm is the 33rd in the FTSE100 to accredit to the Living Wage Foundation

A third of the UK’s top companies are now paying the voluntary living wage, after drinks giant Diageo committed to paying the higher rate than the Government’s figure.

The Guinness and Baileys owner, which employs around 5,000 workers in the UK, said all staff and contractors will receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45, and £9.75 in London.

The rates are higher than the Government’s figure of £7.50 for over 25-year-olds.

Diageo, is the 33rd company in the FTSE100 to accredit to the Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary rate.

David Cutter, Diageo’s president of global supply and procurement, said: “Creating shared value for our employees, shareholders and communities is at the heart of everything Diageo does as a business.

“We value all our employees, working both directly and indirectly at our sites across the UK.

“For this reason we are pleased to become a living wage employer and to support the Living Wage Foundation campaign in the UK.”

Director of the Living Wage Foundation, Katherine Chapman, said: “It’s great to see the UK’s top businesses leading the way on fair pay.

“It’s clear that successful brands value their employees and recognise the tangible business benefits of paying the real living wage.

“We welcome Diageo to the living wage movement and applaud them for voluntarily signing up to pay the real living wage, which is calculated annually to reflect the real costs of living.