Fresh poultry giant Faccenda Foods has introduced a pay guarantee in which it has pledged to pay all of its UK staff a minimum £7 per hour.

The guarantee follows a number of people-based commitments by the poultry supplier in recent years, including a focus on permanent secure employment and training initiatives.

The company said 5% of its 3,000 staff were currently paid £7 per hour as a basic rate, but the majority of these would have moved on to higher rates in three to six months’ time.

“Fair pay is fundamental to Faccenda Foods’ commitment to providing a great experience to our customers,” said managing director Andy Dawkins.

“Only a highly skilled, motivated workforce that takes responsibility for the food they produce can provide the consumer with innovative, high quality fresh and convenience food every day.”

HR & communications director Andrew Brodie added: “We have had a strong reward offer for many years, but taking this stance for all roles - including apprenticeships and agency positions - ensures consistency across our business, puts down a clear marker, and gives real clarity to our position as an employer of choice.”

Faccenda Foods’ move was welcomed by the GMB union. “It’s great to see a major food manufacturing business taking this stance and it is one of the reasons we have had such a strong working relationship with Faccenda Foods for many years,” said union organiser Stuart Richards.