BrewDog commits to paying staff the living wage

By John Harrington, M&C Report

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BrewDog will pay its employees the minimum wage
BrewDog will pay its employees the minimum wage
BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, has made a commitment to pay all its UK 314 staff at least the living wage.

The living wage is £7.65 an hour, or £8.80 in London. It’s £1.34 per hour higher than the current minimum wage of £6.31 per hour for workers aged 21 years or over.

James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, said: "BrewDog is an eclectic collective of passionate people committed to great craft beer. All of them, from our talented brewers to our awesome bar staff, are integral to our success and growth so we wanted to reward their passion and dedication by guaranteeing a fair wage for all. All of our staff will receive a wage that will afford them a good standard of living wherever they might be located."

"We want this to be a wakeup call for employers, especially in the hospitality industry. What should be a respected profession is often still regarded as a university stop gap. No other bar division has ever looked beyond legal minimum wages or legislative parameters in committing to salary levels for staff. But we want this to provide a call to arms for the industry to pick up its feet and set new standards.


"In addition to a fair payment structure, we pay for all our bar staff to take the Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam, and we give our most knowledgeable beer geeks the opportunity to take the Certified Cicerone exam. We want to nurture their love of craft beer so they can enjoy a long and illustrious career in the industry."

"We have always done things differently at BrewDog, and our living wage pledge is just one part of a commitment to rewarding our amazing teams, from the brewery to bars, and from bottle shops to restaurants."

BrewDog follows the likes of London operator Faucet Inn in making the Living Wage pledge.

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Posted by John P. Graham,

It's good to see that Brew Dog is to pay all of its staff the Living Wage but they're not the first licensed trade business to do so.

Around two years ago the Joiners Arms pub on Hackney Road, Shoreditch commenced paying the Living Wage to all its staff and, to this day, it proudly displays "We are a Living Wage Paying Employer" notice for all to see.

John P. Graham
Hampstead Village NW3

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This is why BrewDog are great.

Posted by Ron Bongo,

I love BrewDog, they are an awesome burgeoning business and I see them really going places. They care about their staff and their customers, which is difficult to say about some of the faceless big beer brewers.

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