Conference Aston has announced that, from 1 August, it has introduced the Living Wage across its hospitality team.
Service staff within the organisation will receive a minimum of £8.25 per hour, above the government’s national minimum wage of £7.20 per hour.
Samantha Brown, who took the reins as head of Conference Aston at the start of the year, said the introduction of the Living Wage was “vital” to the continued success of the venue.
“In the service sector, we are continually under pressure to deliver an exceptional level of service to our guests. It’s our outstanding employees, those who provide a five-star service every day, who are instrumental to those guest experiences. We need to ensure that they continue to be motivated to provide a high-quality service that will give our guests the best experience possible.
“We’ve taken a huge step, along with our new catering services provider Wilson Vale, to introduce the Living Wage and are among the first to do so within hospitality in the Midlands. We have some of the most experienced and capable staff in the region, and believe that an investment in them is critical to the future success of Conference Aston,” she said.
With a 163-bedroom hotel and 55,000 hotel and conference guests per year, Conference Aston claims to be Birmingham’s largest residential conferencing venue.