He added that the group had not yet decided which prices might be raised and would reveal further details in October. Harrison said: “We shall mitigate this substantial price increase over time with a combination of productivity improvements, boosted by investments in systems, training and efficiency improvements. “At least it is much easier to absorb something like this in a fast-growing business which is set to create around 3,000 jobs this year.” He claimed, however, that there would be a knock-on effect to the national living wage, “We are also looking at our differentials – because if the minimum wage goes up, so too do those of more senior employees,” he said. “We like to see pay increases based on experience and expertise and to reward people for making progress.” By Shané Schutte
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