Paul implements National Living Wage early

Drinks: Drinks, Hot drinks
Location: England, France

French bakery and café brand Paul has introduced the mandatory National Living Wage early, ahead of the April deadline.

Paul – which operates 34 sites – says it will increase the starting hourly rate to £7.20 per hour, beginning 1 November. It confirmed that its team members can earn up to £8.90 per hour, reaching £9.60 per hour for supervisors.

Jean Michel Orieux, CEO of Paul UK said: ‘We see the introduction of this increase as extremely positive and are pleased to be one of the first companies in the UK to adopt it.

‘Anything that encourages people to take up a career in the hospitality industry can only be a good thing. By paying the April rate ahead of many other hospitality businesses, we are showing our commitment to our existing employees and are confident this will attract new people to the business.’

This year Paul opened its second restaurant, at Tower 42 in the City.  The group plans to open a further seven bakeries over the next 12 months, including a second site in Birmingham at New Street station in November.




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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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