UK: The Eden Hotel Collection has given its staff pay rises of up to 14 per cent in response to the rising cost-of-living crisis and recruitment challenges.
The company, which operates six hotels in the Midlands and west country, has announced the second of two rises within the space of six months, amounting to the most significant increases to staff pay it has ever given. It has boosted pay for more than 350 staff and the rises have also been weighted to support those at the lower end of the pay scale.
The company said the increases have been made to recognise the rising cost-of-living as inflation in the UK hit the highest level for 40 years, and to help keep pay competitive at a time of national recruitment difficulties within the hospitality sector.
A new employee wellbeing strategy is also being launched by the company in August.
Group managing director Mark Chambers said: “As an industry we’ve all been through an immense pressure in the past couple of years but as we now emerge out of the pandemic, rising cost-of-living is unfortunately placing a new burden on our workforce. Our staff are at the foundation of everything we do and we therefore felt it important to offer a competitive pay which recognises the rising cost-of-living and impact on daily life – from petrol to energy and food prices – as well as looking at what initiatives we can offer to support our staff.”
The company manages The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, The Greenway Hotel and Spa in Cheltenham, Brockencote Hall Hotel in Kidderminster, Mallory Court Hotel and Spa in Leamington, and Bovey Castle in Devon.