Minimum Wage

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority now has more powers to protect workers in the food supply chain

Gangmasters’ body gets policing powers

By Rick Pendrous

New police-style powers have been given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation in the agri-food supply chain.

Government urged staff to check their pay before new wage rates

Low-paid staff urged to check pay ahead of wage changes

By Matt Atherton

Britain’s lowest paid workers are the target of a new government advertising campaign, designed to make them aware of their rights, ahead of the rise in National Minimum and National Living Wage rates next month.

Employers should

‘Bad bosses should face jail’ over unpaid staff wages

By Matt Atherton

Employers “should face jail” for failing to pay staff the minimum wage, the Unite union has claimed, after the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) named and shamed 360 companies who owed workers nearly £1M in unpaid wages.

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee

Samworth defends sacking after union backlash

By Matt Atherton

Samworth Brothers Ltd has defended its decision to sack an employee, after the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) slammed the dismissal as “shameful”, claiming the employee was sacked for “naming and shaming” Samworth Brothers over contractual...

Chancellor Philip Hammond has increased the National Living Wage

Autumn statement

National Living Wage rise is ‘another headache’

By Michael Stones

The rise in the National Living Wage for over 25s, from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour, could cause “another headache for food and drink manufacturers,” warns law firm Gordons.

The chancellor's first Autumn Statement drew a mixed response

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed reception from food and logistics sectors

By Michael Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement drew a mixed reception from the food and drink manufacturing and logistics sectors, with praise for the doubling of export finance capacity to support trade but questions raised about the rise in the...

National Minimum Wage increased on October 1

National Minimum Wage to impact food firms: FDF

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers are preparing to manage the impact of the National Minimum Wage boost, which came into force on Saturday (October 1), said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

One poultry factory employee was reported to have been paid just £5.03 an hour

Gangmaster loses licence for ‘skimming’ pay

By Noli Dinkovski

A Shropshire-based fresh produce recruitment agency has been stripped of its licence for systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the national minimum wage.

Samworth Brothers has found itself embroiled in a row about the National Living Wage

Samworth Brothers in National Living Wage row

By Michael Stones

Samworth Brothers remains at the centre of a row about alleged cuts to pay and conditions, made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage, after Channel Four News claimed it had seen company documents confirming the cuts.

The National Living Wage will boost the pay of an estimated 1.3M workers

National Living Wage: Today’s the day

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers, alongside other businesses nationwide, are steeling themselves for the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) from today.

The Saucy Fish Co owner Icelandic Seachill has denied 'sleight of hand' over the National Living Wage

National Living Wage row over ‘sleight of hand’

By Michael Stones

Chilled fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has rejected accusations, made by Unite the union, it was guilty of “sleight of hand” over its handling of the National Living Wage.

The British retail sector could shed 900,000 jobs by 2025

British retail sector may lose 900k jobs by 2025

By Michael Stones

Up to 900,000 jobs could be lost from the British retail sector by 2025, partly due to rising costs linked to the National Living Wage and the new apprenticeship levy, warns the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Formed after the Morcambe Bay cockle disaster, the GLA is set to get more teeth

Gangmasters’ body to be given more teeth

By Rick Pendrous

Government proposals to reform the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), as it steps up the fight against labour exploitation in the UK, have been welcomed by the enforcement body.

UK food and drink workers are owed unpaid wages

Food and drink firms shamed over unpaid wages

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink businesses have been named and shamed for owing employees almost £4,000 in wages in a report on 92 offending companies by the business minster.

NFU boss: 'The National Living Wage will have a huge impact'

Business Leaders' Forum

National Living Wage will hit small food firms

By Rick Pendrous

The National Living Wage (NLW) – which comes into force in April – will place extra costs on many small food and farming businesses, already struggling to cope with other government changes being introduced at the same time, warned industry bosses at...

Lidl has made a £9M pledge to pay the minimum wage

Lidl invests £9M in living wage pledge

By Michael Stones

Discount retailer Lidl is to invest £9M in paying its 17,000-strong UK workforce the living wage – the nation’s first supermarket to achieve the landmark.

The National Living Wage could cause havoc across the UK's food and drink industry

Food and drink ‘havoc’ after minimum wage rise

By Nicholas Robinson

Implementing the National Living Wage could wreak havoc across the UK’s food and drink industry, the credit rating agency Moody’s warned before several major UK manufacturers raised their concerns.

The Budget delivered bonuses and brickbats for the food and drink manufacturing industry, said industry groups

Budget 2015

The Budget: what it means for your business

By Michael Stones

Food and drink manufacturers will find points to praise and areas of disappointment in the chancellor George Osborne’s summer Budget – which he lauded as “a new contract with the nation”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The Labour manifesto pledged a long-term strategy for the food sector

Election 2015

Labour’s manifesto: food industry implications

By Michael Stones

Labour pledged to expand the role of the supermarket watchdog to protect food producers, create better paid jobs and apprenticeships across the rural economy, while creating a “world-leading food, farm and fisheries sector” in its manifesto released yesterday...

The BFAWU is arguing for a living wage

Bakers’ union BFAWU demands minimum wage hike

By Rod Addy

The minimum wage should rise to £10 an hour, according to the Bakery Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), which today launched a campaign to drive it up (February 19).

The exploited workers were employed to pick Brussels sprouts

GLA revokes Dudley gangmaster’s licence

By Rod Addy

A gangmaster has lost her licence after what a judge described as “a serious dereliction of duty” in her treatment of workers picking peas and Brussels sprouts.

Businesses should brace themselves to hand over more money to workers

Brace yourself for increased labour costs

By Laurence Gibbons

The food industry should brace itself for an increase in labour costs as the number of people in employment reaches record levels, warns the Association of Labour Providers (ALP).

The National Minimum Wage is £6.31 an hour (July 2014)

Faccenda Foods avoids paltry wages for workers

By Rod Addy

Faccenda Foods has boosted workers’ pay to at least £7 an hour in what a spokesman for the company called “an important first step” towards paying staff a Living Wage.

School Pilot - part of Feeding Britain's Future campaign - aims to arm unemployed youth with the skills to succeed in job interviews

Food manufacturers and retailers tackle unemployment

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods and other food and drink manufacturers are teaming up with retailers to tackle Britain’s youth unemployment, as part of the grocery think-tank IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future campaign.

The minimum wage rise will cost jobs, warns Butt Foods' md David Williams

Minimum wage rise will drive jobs overseas

By Nicholas Robinson

The rise in national minimum wage for adults, announced by business secretary Vince Cable, could drive small- to medium-sized food manufacturers (SMEs) out of the UK, a bakery boss has warned.

Cash in hand: George Osborne tweeted this photograph this morning with the message: 'Today I will deliver a Budget for a resilient economy – starting with a resilient pound coin'

Food industry investment tops budget wish list

By Laurence Gibbons

Support for investment and help to boost exports and cut energy costs are three topics topping the food and drink industry’s wish list from chancellor George Osborne’s Budget, to be delivered later today (March 19).

Business leaders discussed the potential impact of a 10% minimum wage rise

Business Leaders' Forum

Minimum wage rise questioned by business leaders

By Nicholas Robinson

A minimum wage increase could hit small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), delegates at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum were told.