A HOTEL in Kidderminster has given employees a pay rise of up to 14 per cent in response to the rising cost-of-living crisis and recruitment challenges.

The Eden Hotel Collection - which owns Brockencote Hall Hotel in Chaddesley Corbett – said the increases have been made to recognise rising cost-of-living as inflation in the UK hit the highest level for 40 years, and to help keep pay competitive at a time of national recruitment difficulties within the hospitality sector.

Group Managing Director Mark Chambers said: “As an industry we’ve all been through an immense pressure in the past couple of years but as we now emerge out of the pandemic, rising cost-of-living is unfortunately placing a new burden on our workforce.

“Our staff are at the foundation of everything we do and we therefore felt it important to offer a competitive pay which recognises the rising cost-of-living and impact on daily life – from petrol to energy and food prices – as well as looking at what initiatives we can offer to support our staff.”