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Waiting staff salary loop hole

Comment 18th August 2010

When working as a waitress two years ago I was on a salary of £4.25 and hour, this was possible due to a supposed ‘loop hole’ in the law saying that because I was earning tips on the side it was legal for the company to pay me at such low salary. This should be removed and all waiting staff should be paid at the regular minimum wage.

Why does this matter?

This idea is important because some restaurants do not allow some waiting staff to keep their own tips and are therefore not receiving any practical salary at all. It’s also not a guarantee that waiting staff will receive any tips at all from customers as it is dependent on their generosity and not a requirement. I was on this salary for two years and as a student it got tough at times, but the full time staff there weren’t allowed to have a second job and the hours were very limited. It recently rose from £4.25 to £4.80, but it’s still not enough!

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