Skye ho­tel group joins UK Liv­ing Wage cam­paign

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A group of multi-award­win­ning bou­tique ho­tels on Skye has be­come the first hos­pi­tal­ity provider in the He­bridean is­lands to sign up to the UK’s real Liv­ing Wage and says its move will help post-Brexit re­cruit­ment of staff in one of Europe’s most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions.

Sonas Hos­pi­tal­ity has agreed to pay em­ploy­ees at least £9 an hour – the fig­ure set by the Liv­ing Wage Foun­da­tion based on ac­tual liv­ing costs for work­ers out­side London.

‘Staff in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness work very hard and we be­lieve each one should be val­ued and treated fairly,’ said Anne Gra­cie Gunn, who heads the group which owns Duis­dale and To­ra­vaig House on Sleat and Ske­a­bost House near Portree. ‘All are im­por­tant links in the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence chain.’

Around two-thirds of Sonas’ staff on Sleat and 50 per cent at Ske­a­bost are not lo­cal. The com­pany em­ploys just un­der 80 at peak sea­son with 48 all year round.

Mrs Gra­cie Gunn added: ‘Adop­tion of the real Liv­ing Wage shows we in­vest in our staff as well as our ho­tels’ in­fra­struc­ture and helps demon­strate to over­seas and UK work­ers that, no mat­ter what hap­pens af­ter Brexit, there is de­cent money to be made in the ho­tels in­dus­try which also of­fers ex­cel­lent ca­reer prospects.’

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