Research shows 90% of bar staff paid below living wage

By Gurjit Degun

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Related tags: Living wage, Minimum wage

Waiting staff: They are the second highest proportion of employees paid below the living wage
Waiting staff: They are the second highest proportion of employees paid below the living wage
Ninety percent of bar staff are being paid below the rate to afford a basic standard of living, according to new research commissioned by accountancy firm KPMG.

The second highest proportion are waiting staff, with 85% of them being paid below the ‘living wage’, which is a voluntary rate of pay offered by some employers.

The rate is currently £8.30 an hour in London and £7.20 outside, with the national minimum wage at £6.19 an hour. The research is published ahead of Living Wage Week (4-10 November) when new rates for London and the rest of the country will be announced.

Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Paying a Living Wage makes a huge difference to the quality of life of thousands of cleaners, caterers and security staff across the country. It is really encouraging to see nearly 100 organisations now signed up and accredited.

"But that still leaves many more organisations that aren’t. We hope that Living Wage Week will create real momentum and that many more employers will sign up.”

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