Staff laid off by the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group this week have been offered a “fast track” to a final interview for vacancies with a rival high street chain.
Gaucho and M Restaurants has extended the invite to all employees affected by the collapse of Jamie’s Italian after it entered administration this week.
More than 1,000 staff have been made redundant after KPMG confirmed that 22 of the chain’s 25 sites had been closed.
Martin Williams, CEO of Gaucho and M Restaurants, said his organisation recognises the quality of the staff and their training at Jamie Oliver’s restaurants and hopes to offers roles where it can.
He said: “We are all too familiar with how challenging it is in this industry in our current economic and political climate and I am deeply sorry to hear about the collapse of a much-loved and well respected restaurant group.
“With every administration comes a devastating amount of job losses. We recognise the skill and determination that those working for the group have and I believe many of these individuals, (who we consider as friends) will be a fantastic fit for Gaucho and M Restaurants. Great and passionate people with an inherent understanding of hospitality and what Jamie Oliver’s group stood for – these hospitality heroes will always be welcome at our restaurants.”
Gaucho itself came out of a CVA process last September where 750 jobs were saved and has since enjoyed a six-month period of double-digit like for like cover growth.