Jewson to increase pay to £7.80 an hour for staff aged over 21

Timber and building materials organisation Jewson is to increase the minimum rate of pay for UK-based staff aged 21-years-old or over to £7.80 an hour.

Pre-empting the upcoming increase in the government’s national living wage rate, Jewson will make its pay amendments before the national living wage rises from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour in April 2017. The national living wage is the mandatory rate for employees aged 25 and over.

pay increase will also be implemented in a number of businesses across Jewson’s parent organisation, Saint-Gobain, including Jewson’s sister organisation Graham.

Other benefits available at Jewson include a discounts scheme, childcare vouchers, a bikes-for-work scheme, and a holiday buy and sell scheme.

Mark Rayfield, chief executive officer at Saint-Gobain Building Distribution in the UK, said: “A business is only as good as its employees and our [employees] are the single most important part in delivering a great customer experience. It’s essential, therefore, that we recognise and reward the hard work and commitment of all our [staff], and match investment across the business to include wage increases.

“We also pride ourselves on giving young people the support they need to progress in a construction career, having partnered with Street League, the UK’s leading sport for employment charity, and developing our apprenticeship programme. Because of this, it was a no-brainer to extend our wage increase to over 21s too.”