Paying the Living Wage
In the UK right now, approximately 5.2 million people currently earn less than the living wage. We believe that this needs to change: to attract world-class talent, we need to be a world-class employer.
In June 2014, Nestlé became the first manufacturer to become an accredited Living Wage employer, and we are now a Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation.
The accreditation covers around 8,000 employees across Nestlé UK and its sister companies, which include: Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Waters and Nestlé Purina Petcare.
Nestlé has been working in partnership with its trade union partners, Unite, GMB and USDAW on the journey towards accreditation.
Staff employed directly by Nestlé UK are already paid the Living Wage. The Company is now working closely with contractors to ensure that their employees working across Nestlé sites will also be paid the UK Living Wage by December 2017.
Following a review by the Living Wage Foundation of the living wage rates in November 2015, we have committed to paying all our employees the new living wage rates (£9.40 within London and £8.25 in the rest of the UK) by 1 April 2016.
As part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to the Youth Employment Initiative, the Living Wage will also apply to the company’s graduate, internship and Fast Start school leaver programmes.