As a part of JPRestaurants, we’re proud to be the first hospitality business in Jersey to become an accredited Living Wage employer.
It’s important to us that our staff love what they do, and we hope that making sure our skilled team are fairly paid will give them confidence in hospitality as a long-term career. As a business, we’ve underwritten tips since 2018 so that all staff already earned a Living Wage, but we’re hopeful that this new accreditation will give more transparency and certainty to our employees. It will also help them plan their personal finances better, whether they’re taking out a loan or mortgage, or budgeting for the future.
Our employees now have clarity over their pay and don’t need to rely on tips. All JPRestaurants staff now earn a base salary of at least £10.75 an hour, plus additional incentive payments and benefits (such as free food when working and an additional day off for their birthday after one year’s service). This is above the current Living Wage of £10.55, and indeed 60% of our team have base rates of over £10.75.
No need to tip
We won’t be accepting tips any more: when you visit Oyster Box, the price on the menu is the price you pay, with no expectation for a 10% to 15% gratuity or service charge at the end of your meal. Don’t worry, though; our team are still incentivised to give great service through our monthly bonus scheme, which gives employees up to 10% extra pay based on their personal performance, and the performance of the company. We believe that our staff shouldn’t have to rely on tips to receive a fair wage for their hard work, and removing tips makes things simpler for our teams and for our guests.
We know it might feel a bit odd at first if you receive great service with us, and would like to leave a tip. But there are plenty of other ways to show your appreciation, like coming back to see us again, or telling your friends and family about your experience, which will increase our team incentive payments.