Our motivation for working towards real Living Wage Accreditation

We’ve learned a lot from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s motivated us to work towards becoming a real Living Wage accredited employer.

The inspiration behind this is Our Team.

We temporarily ceased trading in March, and during those three months of closure, our team have inspired us – for their support, loyalty and their response to a crisis.

Our team have:

  • Cared for NHS workers
  • Raised £24,000 for sick children
  • Volunteered in their communities
  • Kept connected
  • Displayed a positive and infectious team spirit

We have always viewed our team as our biggest asset, and it has always been our aim to become a real Living Wage employer. However, it was a challenge, with cost being the biggest barrier.

Watching our team, and reflecting during lockdown, we focused on overcoming any perceived hurdles to becoming a real Living Wage accredited employer. We also listened to our team’s feedback from a survey we conducted last year.

We are now working towards becoming a real Living Wage accredited employer. We have announced our intentions to our team at this time to offer them and their families, some reassurance, hope and peace of mind for the future.

We are aiming to become a real Living Wage accredited employer by 1st November 2020.

Achieving real Living Wage accreditation will mean our entire team of over 500, will be set to receive the real Living Wage as a minimum rate, irrespective of age.

When the accreditation application process has been completed and approved, the move will see all employees being uplifted to the real Living Wage rate of £9.30 per hour.

We have estimated that this new investment in our people will come at a cost of approximately £300,000 – £350,000 per year.

Accreditation would see us join over 1,800 organisations in Scotland who are real Living Wage accredited employers. With around 70 of those businesses in the hospitality sector, Manorview will become one of the largest accredited hospitality employers in Scotland.

David Tracey, Managing Director, Manorview Group said:

“We feel compelled to back the team which has shown so much commitment and resilience in recent months. This is a new investment in our people and a commitment to them that we will pay the real Living Wage as a minimum. Our industry is going through its toughest period ever, it’s literally on its knees – this decision not only supports our people but demonstrates our confidence in the hospitality sector. We have faith that we can recover from this and come back stronger, particularly with the incredible team that we have behind us.”