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a message about our teams and uniform

You may have heard or read news about wagamama and national minimum wage.

As an employer we have always paid minimum wage and make sure that our staff receive 100 per cent of their tips.

In the past we didn’t realise that asking our front of house staff to wear casual black jeans or skirt, with their Wagamama branded top, was considered as asking them to buy a form of uniform and so we should have paid them for it. Lots of other businesses were also unaware of this regulation around casual wear.  

This was an inadvertent misunderstanding of how the minimum wage regulations apply to uniforms and as soon as we were made aware of this in 2016 we acted immediately to correct the position. 

We have gladly made payments to current and previous employees who missed out dating back from 2016 to 2013. We have also updated our uniform policy and we now pay a uniform supplement to cover the black jeans
Our people are the heart and soul of wagamama and we take great pride in supporting and helping them to build their careers with us.

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