The Issa brothers say they will be paying all staff at least £9.50 an hour as thanks for their hard work during the pandemic – but it’s also a welcome bonus during the fuel crisis
More than 10,500 staff who work for petrol station giant EG Group are getting a pay rise from the billionaire owners of Asda.
The Issa brothers, Mohsin and Zuber, own EG Group – which runs a chain of petrol stations, fast food outlets and restaurants.
Now the brothers have unveiled increased pay for their UK staff in “recognition of their hard work and commitment throughout the pandemic”.
All workers aged 18 and over will be paid a minimum of £9.50 per hour, while more experienced staff, such as team leaders and supervisors, will be paid a minimum of £10 per hour.
Increased rates of pay will apply across all of EG’s petrol filling stations and foodservice brands in the UK, effective from October 1, 2021.
Every colleague aged 18 and above will now be paid at least £9.50 per hour.
The group added that “more experienced colleagues”, such as team leaders and supervisors, will be paid a minimum of £10 per hour.
These changes represent an average hourly wage increase of more than 5%.
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EG Group owns 6,000 forecourts, as well as various fast food brands in Europe and the US.
The company is valued at around £10.8billion.
In a joint statement, Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa said: “Our colleagues have pulled out all the stops and been nothing short of heroic during often very difficult times since the start of the pandemic.
“It is due to their hard work and dedication that EG has continued to be a growth business, performing strongly over the past 12 months.
“We are grateful to each and every one of them for their contributions and are therefore making a total reward package available to them which we believe is amongst the best in the country.”
Earlier this week EG Group bought 52 branches of KFC in the South and South-West.
The firm bought the restaurants from Amsric Group.
The 52 branches employ more than 1,600 staff and include traditional KFC sit-down restaurants and drive-through outlets.
In March last year EG bought 146 KFCs and one Pizza Hut from The Herbert Group.
The Amsric deal makes EG the biggest KFC franchise owner in Western Europe, it said, and means it now controls more than 220 of the fried chicken restaurants.
In October 2020 the Issa brothers bought supermarket giant Asda for £6.8billion , alongside TDR.
Under the deal the previous Asda owner, American retail giant Walmart, kept an investment in Asda’s 631 stores.
However, the majority of the chain will be run by its new consortium of owners.
Mohsin, 49, and Zuber, 48, started out in a garage which their dad, who had worked in a woollen mill, bought.
They branched out on their own, first renting a petrol station for two years, then in 2001 buying their first forecourt, a derelict freehold site in Bury, and formed Euro Garages.
Their empire, the EG Group, now has almost 6,000 sites across 10 countries, from the UK to the US and Australia, runs outlets for Greggs, Starbucks and KFC, and employs 44,000 people.