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Tue 6th Sep 2022 - Itsu increases pay by up to 13% across its entire workforce, second rise in 12 months
Itsu increases pay by up to 13% across its entire workforce, second rise in 12 months: Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain, has announced an inflation-busting pay rise of up to 13% across its entire workforce to help staff cope with rising prices in the UK. The investment will see entry-level pay boosted to a minimum of £11.50 per hour. This is almost 20% higher than the average industry hourly wage of £9.80, the company said and demonstrates the business’ commitment to hiring, retaining and supporting its talent as it grows its presence throughout the UK. It is the second time Itsu has raised pay in 12 months. Last September, the company increased the hourly wage for entry-level team members by 11% to a minimum of £10.40 an hour. Ganan Kanagathurai, chief executive at Itsu, said: "Our team members are the heart of our business. We are committed to looking after our people, in what are going to be difficult times for many of them. We’ll always pay our teams as much as we can afford rather than what we can get away with.” The Asian-inspired chain revealed all 1,200-plus restaurant staff would see their wages go up across its equity-owned restaurants, by up to double the industry average rise of 6.4%. As a result of the increases, every team member will be on an industry-leading pay package, Itsu said. The move comes as Itsu’s rapid growth continues. It is on course to open 15 new restaurants in 2022, creating more than 200 jobs across the industry this year. Harry Housen, Itsu group people director, said: “We’re confident that our commitment to training our people, focus on internal promotions, and market leading pay will position us as the employer of choice for those within the hospitality sector.”


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