Pret has announced it will be giving its UK shop staff a further 3% pay rise from 1 April. This comes in addition to a 5% increase that came into effect in December, and a rise in April 2022.

The omnichannel retailer said that the additional 3% rise will mean that average base pay for shop staff will have increased by 19% in the year to April, while average entry level pay will have increased by 15% year-on-year to above £12 – which includes its mystery shopper bonus.

The latest pay rise will be applied to all shop employees, regardless of age, although some differences may apply depending on role, experience and location, it said.

Team members will see their pay increase from between £10.30 and £11.55 per hour to between £10.60 and £11.90 per hour depending on location, or between £11.85 and £13.15 per hour with Mystery Shopper Bonus.

Barista pay will increase from between £10.85 and £12.50 per hour to between £11.20 and £12.85, depending on location and experience, or between £12.45 - £14.10 per hour with Mystery Shopper Bonus.

Pret has also launched a new discounts portal for staff, which gives them access to discounts on fresh food and other essential items from major supermarkets and other businesses.

Guy Meakin, interim managing director at Pret A Manger UK & Ireland, said: “We’re proud to be making another significant investment in our people’s success and wellbeing. Whether it’s paying above the National Minimum Wage, providing career development opportunities, or leading the industry on Barista pay we’re committed to making Pret a rewarding and supportive place to work for all our teams and paying the best we can afford to.”