Wetherspoons staff receive 20p-an-hour pay rise taking hourly wage for most roles to above £10 for the first time as cost-of-living crisis sets in
JD Wetherspoons staff have received a pay hike as the cost-of-living crisis sets in.
Workers say that all have been given an extra 20p-an-hour, bringing many of their wages above £10-an-hour for the first time.
The hike will see the pub chain far exceed the National Living Wage of £9.50 for people above the age of 23.
A Wetherspoons spokesman said: ‘Staff received a pay rise on April 1.
A customer at the London and Southwestern Wetherspoon pub in Clapham in July 2021
JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin, pictured with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July 2019
‘We review pay once or twice a year and try to remain competitive within the hospitality industry.’
Op April 1 the UK also saw the energy price cap raised by 54 persent, a National Insurance increase of 10 per cent a rise in council tax and water bills.
These measures were combined with an increase of benefits by just 3.1 persent – compared to inflation which could hit as high as 8 persent.
These combine to mean that low- and middle-income families will see the price of essentials rising faster than their incomes.
Bar staff, waiters and waitresses, kitchen and catering assistants were all in the seven worst paying jobs of 2021, it was revealed last year.
Wetherspoons pay was 12 per cent above the minimum wage in 2021 with bosses paying £33million in bonuses the year before.
Las month the pub giant said it has seen a ‘return to more normal trading patterns in recent weeks’ following the end of pandemic restrictions – but raised the spectre of price rises as inflation continues to bite.
Wetherspoon said sales in the past three weeks have been slightly below pre-pandemic levels as it more than halved its losses amid the continued recovery in trade.
The firm reported a pre-tax loss of £21.3million for the 26 weeks to January 23, compared with a £46.2million loss over the same period the previous year.
But ‘Spoons’ is facing higher costs of food, drink and energy, although it expects the rise in these factors to be slightly below the level of inflasie.