Joseph Parr’s managing director David Anderson wanted to help his staff pay for their energy bills (Picture: Google Maps)
Two bosses in the building industry have given their staff some extra cash to help cover the rising cost of living in the UK.
All of these problems hitting households at once are expected to lead to the biggest drop in living standards since records began in 1956.
But at least two managers have made an effort to support their workers through this difficult time.
David Anderson, 52, decided to give all of his 58 workers at Joseph Parr £750 each as an ‘energy supplement’.
This is after the staff at the builder’s merchants, based in Portrack, Stockton-on-Tees, were given a pay rise in January to compensate for rising inflation.
David said: ‘When you talk to individual members of staff, there’s fear of fuel going up – they were putting £60 in their tank, and it’s now £80. I thought it was a good idea to give them that bit of a boost.’
Alex Vickers said he was hoping the extra £250 would get passed on to his workers’ parents for the bills (Picture: Evening Gazette)
Similarly, Alex Vickers, 72, gave each of his 21 employees at Vickers Construction £250 to help them with the cost of living.
He said: ‘We can see that things are rising and we’re just trying to help them out. It’s getting quite serious.
‘There’re some single lads and I’m expecting them to pass it on to their mam towards the bills.
‘The staff are like one big family, they have been with us a long time. I help them wherever I can. I have picked up (how they are feeling) from listening to them.’
Alex said he was feeling the sting from the financial crisis himself – both at home and within his firm based in Stockton, Teesside.
‘£250 is not a fortune but I think it will help them a little bit,’ he added.
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