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Britain's Pret Raises Staff Pay For Second Time This Year

By Dave Simpson

Coffee and sandwich chain Pret a  Manger on Tuesday 11 October became the latest British retailer to raise staff pay for a second time this year to help workers navigate a worsening cost-of-living crunch amid a tight labour market.

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With Britain's unemployment rate down to its lowest since 1974 at 3.5%, retailers are having to repeatedly hike wages to attract and retain staff.

Groups including market leader Tesco, Sainsbury's and Currys have all recently announced pay increases.

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The Bank of England is watching pay settlements closely as it mulls further rises in interest rates.

Pret, owned by investment group JAB and founder Sinclair Beecham, said that from 1 December all UK employees across shops and its support centre will receive a 5% pay increase, equating to a 13% rise within a year. UK inflation was 9.9% in August.

The group, which employs 8,600 shop staff, said the latest rise will cost it £10 million, surpassing a 9.2 million investment made in April.

Pret "team members" will see their pay increase from between £9.80 and £11.00 per hour to between £10.30 and £11.55 depending on location.

Barista pay will increase from between £10.30 and £11.90 an hour to between £10.85 and £12.50.

Bonuses

Bonuses can take pay higher and staff also get free food and drink while working.

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