M Restaurants has announced that it will introduce a Starting Wage of £10 per hour for all employees from March 1.
The figure is £1.79 higher than the national minimum wage, which comes in at £8.21 an hour for those aged 25-years-old and over.
The move comes after operations director, Andre Mannini implemented M’s M-indful Days initiative in 2018. This entitles all employees to four M-indful Days per annum in addition to their existing holiday allowance, as well as access to Spill, an independent counselling app to promote mental health in the workplace.
Staff wellbeing is something close to Mr Mannini’s heart and he said: “We want our team to feel their best selves, both at home and in the workplace. Our M-indful initiative has been wholly embraced by the team and we seem to be going from strength to strength.”
The £10 Starting Wage is seen as a basic requirement by M Restaurants Founder, Martin Williams, who commented: “I remember working as a kitchen porter and a bar back in hotels and restaurants many years ago and thinking – I love the job, but the money is so much better in other industries. It is time for all hospitality employers to follow our policy at M Restaurants and unite in making our industry the most attractive employment option possible.”
Mr Williams slammed the ‘poverty wages’ that other companies are offering and said changes needed to be made.
“You see press coverage where the headline is a high profile hospitality leader quibbling about whether his staff are scraping together the living wage and arguing about whether ‘poverty wages’ is a fair description of the recompense he offers; next you see that hospitality staff are striking and I feel shame for the industry as a whole.
“In a Brexit context, the industry faces a chronic staff shortage, as the country no longer attracts the amazing talent from Europe and beyond that we used to take for granted. As an industry, we should use the current environment as a catalyst to make hospitality an attractive option to a limited workforce and change our reputation as a low pay industry.”