Prezzo, Itsu announce pay rises amidst recruitment crisis

The sector is refining their approaches to staff retention.

Prezzo and Itsu are the latest chains to give staff a pay rise as the sector tries to retain workers and attract new staff amidst a recruitment crisis.

In a statement, Prezzo said it will give its staff a pay rise next month and close all of its restaurants on Boxing Day.

The Italian-themed restaurant chain specified all 2,500 staff would see their wages go up by an average of 4%.

"As a result of the increases, every Prezzo team member will be paid above the national minimum wage," it said in the statement.

Prezzo’s plan will also see the wages of its managers increased by an average of 5%.

Itsu, meanwhile, announced it was giving all in-store workers an 11% wage increase.

The company​​ also highlighted its benefit package, which includes paid breaks, a free meal when working, 50% off Itsu at any time, 28 days of annual leave for full time workers and access to a 24/7 health and wellbeing support helpline.

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