Popular vegan fried ‘chicken’ shop Temple of Seitan becomes Living Wage employer

Read Time:   |  21st December 2017

Temple of Seitan caused a huge stir when they opened their first vegan fried ‘chicken’ shop location in Hackney, and now there’s another reason to love this vegan eatery as they are now certified as an accredited “Living Wage Employer”, meaning all workers including third-party contract staff receive the Foundation-backed hourly rate.

Popular vegan fried 'chicken' shop Temple of Seitan becomes Living Wage employer

Vegan fast food outlet Temple of Seitan has won plaudits from the Living Wage Foundation for paying all staff a minimum hourly wage of £10.20.

The wildly popular vegan eatery, which is located in Hackney, has been certified as an accredited “Living Wage Employer”, meaning all workers including third-party contract staff receive the Foundation-backed hourly rate.

Leading By Example

Speaking to Hackney Citizen, founder Rebecca McGuinness said: “Our staff are by far the most important element of our business and we believe that should be reflected in their salary.

“Both Pat and I have both previously worked hospitality jobs prior to starting our own business, so we really wanted to make sure that we treat our staff in the way we would’ve liked to have been treated, and the Living Wage is one element of that.

She added: “We are proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, particularly as there are so few in the hospitality sector. We hope this can be an example to other businesses.”

Popular vegan fried 'chicken' shop Temple of Seitan becomes Living Wage employer

Rebecca McGuinness and Patrick O’Shea outside Temple of Seitan in Morning Lane (Photo: Living Wage Foundation)

Responsible Business 

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Temple of Seitan to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

“These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Temple of Seitan, join us because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

Second Branch 

The popular vegan eatery has officially confirmed the opening of a second London branch, complete with indoor seating. The new shop will open in Camden in January 2018, and, to make this news even more exciting, this one will actually have indoor seating so you can enjoy your meal in store.

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