Pret increased the price of its coffee, after the introduction of the national living wage, which saw basic pay rise from £6.70 to £7.20.
A Pret A Manger spokesperson said, "Pret has proudly always paid above the minimum wage. Our team members also enjoy a list of extra benefits including generous free food allowance, paid breaks and the opportunity to earn an extra £1 an hour from a weekly mystery shopper visit. This is paid out approximately 85% of the time."
"Our starting salary now ranges between £7.30 and £7.50 per hour depending on location, and is for all ages, not just those over 25. We believe in paying people the same amount for the same job, regardless of age."
The brand's employees will also receive the same package of benefits regardless of age, including a full weekly mystery shopper bonus after completing 12 weeks of training (they are eligible to a 50p an hour bonus after their first 10 days).
"Most weeks our trained team members actually receive between £8.30 and £8.50 an hour. We have chosen to take the government’s new legal requirements as a challenge to increase pay at all levels for our shop teams, not just increase our starting rate," the brand said.
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