A Cornish holiday park owner has been speaking out in support of the voluntary living wage.
Patrick Langmaid from Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, yesterday (Feb 10) addressed delegates at the fifth West Country Conference on the business and people benefits of being an accredited voluntary Living Wage Employer, the new higher minimum wage for over 25’s also called the ‘National Living Wage’.
He said: “There has been much hand wringing and concern about the new minimum wage rate, it’s a step in the right direction and to be welcomed, but there’s still opportunity for businesses to go further and pay the voluntary Living Wage.
“Mother Ivey’s shows it is possible to pay the voluntary Living Wage and I’m here today to explain to other business leaders the benefits to businesses of accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation.
“I’m proud to be a Living Wage employer and I hope West Country businesses will lead the way and demonstrate that tourism need not be a low pay industry.”
Over 2,000 organisations are now accredited Living Wage employers across the UK. The Living Wage is £8.25 per hour, opposed to the national minimum wage of £6.70.