1 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Motorway service operator Welcome Break has said that it will pay the National Living Wage to all its employees across the UK from April 1.
The National Living Wage will be the minimum starting rate for all of the company's 5,000 plus employees across its 27 sites, irrespective of age.
Presently 2,095 employees (42 per cent of the workforce) are aged under 25 and the decision to provide its entire staff with the National Living Wage is part of Welcome Break's ongoing strategy "to attract the very best people to work for the company".
Welcome Break will spend an additional £4 million to ensure that it attracts the best recruits. For some employees, this will represent an increase of 33 per cent on their current income.
Rod McKie, Welcome Break CEO, said: "If you want to attract the best people you need to reward them accordingly, and as such we've made the decision to give all of our employees, regardless of age, the National Living Wage."