St Ermin’s Hotel becomes accredited living wage employer

St Ermin’s HotelSt Ermin’s Hotel based in Westminster, London has received accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The hotel is part of the Autograph Collection and a subsidiary of Marriott Bonvoy, and the commitment will ensure that all 140 members of staff receive at least the London minimum hourly wage of £11.05. This is higher than the government minimum for those aged above 23, which increased from £8.91 to £9.50 per hour last month. The real living wage rate for those based outside of the capital rose to £9.90 in response to cost of living increases, a 40p jump.

The hotel has also required all of its partner agencies to align with the London living wage.

The real living wage is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation according to the costs of living, providing a voluntary benchmark for employers wishing to ensure their staff earn not just the government minimum but a wage they can live on.

Douglas McHugh, general manager at St Ermin’s, said: “We are truly delighted to be able to make this commitment, much delayed due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and welcomed by all staff at the hotel. It recognises our philosophy as an employer and a business and underlines the importance of many of the traditionally low paid jobs in our industry.”

Katherine Chapman, director at the Living Wage Foundation, added: “We’re delighted that St Ermin’s Hotel has joined the movement of almost 9,000 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 businesses which recognise that paying the real living wage is the mark of a responsible employer, believing that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”