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Costa Coffee gives 5% pay rise to 14,500 staff

The coffee chain is also recruiting 2,000 more workers.

Costa Coffee is giving a 5% increase in pay for its 14,500 shop workers, and is seeking an additional 2,000 staff before Christmas.

The company, which was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2018, said that all store team members would receive increases of at least 45p an hour from October 1, raising their minimum pay to £9.36 an hour up from £8.91.

Top rates of pay, which depend on location and experience, will increase from £10.64 an hour to £11.29.

Other benefits include a quarterly incentive scheme, free coffees on shift, a team member support fund and a pension scheme.

The company also confirmed that staff would not be paid during their statutory breaks.

“Our team members are the heart of our business and as we continue to emerge stronger from the pandemic, this 5% pay increase is one way we are able to show our thanks to them,” Costa Coffee managing director for UK and Ireland Neil Lake said.

“Our teams have been through the most challenging year and a half in living memory and have shown incredible passion, resilience, and commitment as they continue to serve perfectly crafted cups of Costa coffee to consumers across the country. We are committed to putting our team members first, investing in their safety and wellbeing and their long-term development, ensuring we remain a great place to work for all our current team members and the 2,000 team members we’ll be welcoming in the coming months.”

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