To qualify, employers must pay their staff the Living Wage, which is higher than the legal minimum wage of £6.31 per hour. It is set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK.
Ed Mason, owner of the Hackney-based brewery, said: “We are proud to put fairness and a commitment to the local community at the heart of our business. We believe that paying the Living Wage will lead to a happier and more motivated staff team, who are more likely to stay with us for the long term.
“I live in Hackney and it is important to be able to contribute in a positive way to the local community.”
The Five Points Brewing Company was launched in March 2013 by Mason and head brewer Greg Hobbs, based in a railway arch under Hackney Downs Railway Station in central Hackney. The company currently employs four full time staff and two part time staff.
Five Points said that as well as receiving official accreditation as a Living Wage Employer, it sources energy from a 100% renewable tariff and is currently recruiting for a youth apprentice aged 18-24 to join the brewing team.