Minimum wage rates riseApril 1st, 2019
Two million UK workers on minimum wages are now receiving a pay rise.
Workers aged 25 and over on the National Living Wage will receive £8.21 an hour from Monday, up from £7.83 – a 4.9% rise.
Pay rises also take effect for younger workers on minimum wages.
Women represent an estimated 60% of those who are benefitting from the rise in minimum wage rates. Workers in the hospitality and retail sectors are the most likely to be on the lowest pay, and nearly 200,000 of them will receive the pay rise.
Restaurants demand high levels of staffing in this highly competitive market with new restaurants opening every year creating new demands for skilled workers and, at the same time, reducing the ability of existing restaurants to increase prices if they are to maintain a competitive edge.
For restaurants and food providers to maintain their competitive position in this market, it’s vital to explore every opportunity for NPD partnerships, optimisation of portion size and control, achievement of margins and ensuring preparation requirements match kitchen skills and enhance productivity.