Hospitality group Solotel has announced that it will fast-track the Fair Work Commission’s minimum wage increase to 4 July 2022.

The increase will begin three months earlier than the original date, which was set for 1 October.

850 employees across Solotel’s 25 pubs, bars, and restaurants will have their pay increased.

“This decision to fast-track the minimum wage increase for all eligible Solotel staff is just one of the ways we can show staff our appreciation for them and the vital role that they play in our family-run business,” says CEO Elliot Solomon.

“Every day they deliver amazing experiences for our guests which make each of our venues places that people love and come back to.”

Elliot Solomon

In early June, the Fair Work Commission had increased the National Minimum Wage by 5.2 per cent following its Annual Wage Review 2021-22, which took the hourly rate from $20.33 to $21.38.

Minimum Award wages were also set to be given a boost, with wages above $869.60 per week receiving a 4.6 per cent increase per week and wages below $869.60 receiving a $40 increase.

Solotel is currently recruiting for dozens of roles including chefs, wait and bar staff, sommeliers, and venue management.

“We have significant growth plans, including new venues and concepts set to launch over the coming six months,” adds Solomon. “We’re very keen to find people to join our team who share our values of delivering incredible experiences and a love of hospitality.”

The group recently launched an incentive program which allows existing staff who successfully refer a friend $500 bonuses, $1000 for signing on new full time staff and $500 for new part time staff.

All Solotel employees have access to 50 per cent off food and beverage at all venues within the group and are welcome to bring family and friends.