Aug 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Pret a Manger to cut staff hours

AFP Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has confirmed that it has asked thousands of staff to work fewer hours, as part of a post-pandemic restructuring. Staff in stores have been asked to work about 20% fewer hours than before. "With footfall in our shops still significantly below normal levels, we have had to review the hours team members are contracted to work each week - although of course we hope to increase these hours as trade improves." Pret is reliant on sales from commuters and office workers at lunchtime, which have been significantly impacted by the lockdown. The firm runs 550 outlets globally, employing 13,000 staff, including 8,000 people in the UK. A majority of Pret stores are now open for significantly fewer hours than they were prior to the pandemic.

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