Kitchen staff and waitresses at Paramount Restaurants will be given clear guidance for the first time on how they can move up the career ladder to improve their pay, Personnel Today has learned.
HR director Lesley Cotton has designed a new, straight-forward ‘flow chart’ for employees to progress through the company, which owns Café Uno and Chez Gerard, labelling what pay they can expect en route.
Expected to be implemented in March, the move comes in the wake of a cost-cutting programme that has seen Cotton make nine redundancies out of a workforce of 2,000, with operations teams also reducing staff overtime to provide cover only where needed.
“What we’re launching is a much clearer career path so it’s transparent how to move from one role to another. At the moment that’s not clear,” Cotton admitted.
Paramount has a long-term strategy for growth, she added.
“Redundancies were a last resort after considering how to run the business as efficiently as possible. You want to come out the other side of a recession ready to springboard into your growth plan.”