Revolution Bars Group invests £2m in fairer wages

As part of the Revolution Bars Group’s ‘fair day’s pay for hard day’s work’ pledge, the firm has implemented wage enhancements that exceed the new increased National Minimum Wage, due to be introduced in April.

The leading operator of bars, including Revolution, Revolución de Cuba, Playhouse, and Founders & Co, has invested £2m in the move, which represents a bold stride away from industry-typical low pay.

The initiative is just one of many commitments the business is making to competitively attract, reward and retain best-in-class colleagues and demonstrates the value and importance the company places on the people that lie at the heart of its business.

The significant commitment also sees the creation of a new Pay & Reward Manager role to oversee and safeguard employee compensation and benefits for the group’s 3,000+ employees. Danielle James has been internally promoted into the new role and will be implementing a financial wellbeing strategy, alongside her ongoing objectives to review and enhance the benefit offering for all colleagues.

Revolution Bars Group values are based on fun, ambition, integrity and recognition and these recent moves build on efforts that began pre-pandemic to ensure it is an industry-leading employer and business, as part of its overall strategy to build back even better.

CEO Rob Pitcher said, “We are emphatically committed to recognising our highly talented teams. This announcement, alongside the recent internal promotion of Danielle James in a new dedicated role, is a display of the Group’s ongoing intent and commitment to our people.”

Danielle James commented, “This is a fantastic step on our ambitious journey. I am excited to be an integral part of rewarding our diverse teams fairly, competitively and relative to their hard work.”

In real-life terms the £2m annual investment means that a 19-year-old chef working for the group has seen their wage increase from £7.50 an hour to £9.80, equivalent to £92 a week or £4,784 per year more; and a 21-year-old glass collector has seen their wage increase from £8.36 an hour to £9.35, equivalent to £40 a week or £2,060 per year more (assuming a 40 hour working week).