Japanese restaurant chain YO! Sushi has introduced the National Living Wage to all 1,800 of its employees across the UK, regardless of their age.
The official National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour officially came into effect on 1 April, although it only applies to workers aged 25 or over.
CEO, Robin Rowland, said that applying it to all staff was “the fair and right thing to do”.
He said: “Our teams drive our business –are the face of the company day in and day out delighting our guests in over 75 locations across the UK. We are also very conscious and proud of the fact that many of our younger employees – and we have a lot – are extremely dedicated to YO! Sushi and regularly rise through the ranks into management positions. We want that positive and motivating culture to continue.”
YO! Sushi said it is also committed to developing the range of benefits to employees at all levels, from kitchen porter to general manager, including friends and family discounts, monthly incentives where team members earn ‘YO! Yen’ that can be exchanged for rewards and vouchers, and a bonus scheme.
YO! Sushi was founded in 1997, becoming the first company to bring the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food via a conveyor belt to the UK.
It now operates 88 restaurants worldwide, including 74 in the UK and two in Ireland. The company is privately owned by Quilvest and the YO! Sushi senior UK management team, which is led by Vanessa Hall.