Roadchef’s Northampton Motorway Service Area has become one of the UK’s first employers to offer flexible income, in a partnership with ethical tech startup Wagestream. The M1 site, which saw over 2.8 million visitors pass through last year, will make Wagestream’s ‘Get Paid As You Go’ service available to all motorway service employees.
Employees at the Northampton site can now access and withdraw up to 30% of their earned income throughout the month rather than having to wait for payday. A flexible income, alongside “just in time” financial education, will empower Roadchef’s team to cope with unexpected expenses like car troubles, or boiler replacements without having to turn to overdrafts, credit or high-interest payday loans.
The innovative new approach follows significant investment at the site which saw the addition of a new Costa Drive Thru earlier this year, allowing motorists the convenience of quickly picking up a fresh coffee, as well as a full range of sandwiches, cakes and snacks from the comfort of their car.
As well as flexible income, employees at Roadchef Northampton are given a wide variety of discounts and benefits, designed to help them save money on everyday purchases. The company, which now caters to over 50 million visitors across 30 sites each year, believes the continued investment in benefits and flexibility will encourage employees to develop and pursue opportunities to progress their career with Roadchef – whether staying with one brand or moving between numerous brands at their site.
Mark Fox, CEO of Roadchef, said: “We truly believe it is the team members that make the brand at Roadchef, so it is key for us to be able to provide our employees with any support they need, be that financial or otherwise. We’re really looking forward to entering into a partnership with Wagestream and hope that by alleviating some of the stress a monthly pay cycle can induce, we’re able to offer all our employees, longstanding or new, a rewarding career with Roadchef.”
Peter Briffett, CEO of Wagestream added: “The negative impact of the monthly pay cycle, and the positive impact of flexible income, are no longer up for debate. Personal financial stress impacts the workplace, and UK families are struggling to bridge a financial gap. Employers who react, rethink their relationship with employees and offer the flexibility they need, will win. It’s great that Roadchef is embracing this flexibility and, as such, has become a leading light in its industry.”
Roadchef employs more than 3,300 people in the UK, across its 30 locations, and boasts an outstanding employee retention record. It has recently been awarded an “Investors in People Gold” accreditation for the support and development of its team. Less than 100 companies in the UK hospitality have achieved this accolade.
Apply for a job at Roadchef Northampton here: www.roadchef.com/careers