‘No jab, no job’: Pimlico Plumbers’ multi-millionaire boss Charlie Mullins enforces vaccine policy for new staff – after saying he’d spend £1m on jabs for his 450-strong workforce
- London-based firm asked applicants to prove that they have had one dose of jab
- Home services company taking step for customer safety, said Charlie Mullins
- Founder said he was prepared to spend over £1million on vaccinations in January
- It comes as data shows 8 in 10 adults in England have signs of immunity to Covid
Pimlico Plumbers’ multi-billionaire boss Charlie Mullins has enforced a vaccine policy for new staff as part of its ‘no jab, no job’ initiative.
In job adverts posted online, the London-based firm asked applicants to provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
The home services company, which has spoken to its lawyers, is taking the step to ‘continue offering Londoners a safe and secure service’, said Mr Mullins, 68, who is worth around £70million and paid himself a £6million bonus last year.
It follows the founder saying in January that he was prepared to spend over £1million on jabs, if they became privately available, to vaccinate his 450-strong workforce.
Pimlico Plumbers, which said it has spoken to its lawyers, is taking the step to ‘continue offering Londoners a safe and secure service’, said 68-year-old Charlie Mullins (pictured)
Chairman Mr Mullins said: ‘This is the first time since the pandemic began that our recruitment ads will make it clear to anyone applying that they must have had at least one jab.
‘I know there are critics out there painting this as a human rights issue, but all I want is to ensure both our people and our customers are safe and to give them added confidence in this business.
‘At Pimlico, we take this pandemic extremely seriously and continue to add new equipment and processes to our existing Covid-secure policies, including regularly testing all staff and using thermal scanners to pick up on anyone with a tell-tale high temperature.’
It comes as part of the business’ latest recruitment drive, with it looking to take on six in-house maintenance team workers, including plumbers, carpenters, an electrician and a painter.
Mr Mullins added: ‘So far, we have gone through thousands of litres of hand sanitiser and tonnes of PPE. Making vaccinations mandatory for all new staff allows us to continue offering Londoners a safe and secure service.
‘Despite all the kafuffle surrounding our ‘no jab, no job’ policy, it doesn’t seem to have put anyone off from applying. Most think it’s sensible and appropriate.
Mr Mullins (above) said: ‘This is the first time since the pandemic began that our recruitment ads will make it clear to anyone applying that they must have had at least one jab’
‘The quicker we get on top of this dreadful disease, the quicker we can all return to normal and get this country’s economy back on track.’
Pimlico workers have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, providing services such as heating and plumbing repairs, while adhering to social distancing and hygiene measures.
Meanwhile, official data has revealed eight in 10 adults in England now have signs of immunity to Covid from either a vaccine or catching the virus in the past.
Office for National Statistics (ONS) blood testing found 80.3 per cent of adults tested positive for antibodies in the third week of May.
The ONS report showed that Wales had the most people testing positive for antibodies in the UK, with 83 per cent. In Scotland it was 73 per cent and Northern Ireland 80 per cent.
It said: ‘There is a clear pattern between vaccination and testing positive for Covid-19 antibodies.’
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