Weather you are loyal to Sainsbury's, Tesco, Aldi you have to take your hat off to Morrisons who this week (13th January) made a very bold announcement. They made the big commitment to pay all their staff a minimum of £10/hour, from April 2021, making them the first supermarket to do so. This is a huge step change for the service industry and hopefully it will pull the others along for the journey, or will it?
Having a mother who worked in retail and supermarkets all her life and myself having begun my career in hospitality it was always see as 'the summer job' or the 'part time teenagers' job. Service sectors have some of the hardest working people I have ever worked with and produced some of the best teams as well. My best friends are ones I met whilst working in hotels, bars or restaurants. Enough about my life, though!
Morrisons have stated that the majority of the team will receive a 9% increase in wages which is a significant raise and well earned during these tough times.
Money aside, could this be the platform to allowing the service industries to take their rightful place on the career prospects ladder? Think about it, they have the perfect set-up for all, flexible work options, great development opportunities, strong diversity and inclusion (although it could always be better)... only time will tell.
What are your thoughts? Comments below.