MYTRAVEL
has attempted to boost staff morale with an average 3% pay rise for all retail
staff.

The
rise – which will affect all 4,000 Going Places and Travelworld retail staff
including shop managers and sales consultants – will be less than 3% for some,
rising to 7% for others depending on performance. A 3% rise on the £8,500 base
starting salary of a Going Places consultant brings it to £8,755.

However,
MyTravel said the pay rise was not related to the pay and rewards programme
implemented by former UK retail distribution managing director Dave Harris.
This

has
been “parked”, according to MyTravel, and will be reviewed by new distribution
and customer service director Tim Clancy.

Phase
three of the programme – with pay grades linked to productivity, training and
experience – was due to be rolled out in April, but was put on hold due to the
war in Iraq.

A
MyTravel spokeswoman said: “We implemented part of the pay and rewards
programme, but circumstances overtook us and we had to put it on hold. It’s
being reviewed.”

The
pay rise comes as the operator looks to slash costs to reduce its £1.3 billion
debt.