Gary Neville accused of hypocrisy after his staff paid minimum wage

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Gary Neville has come under fire after his luxury hotel put out an advert for staff on minimum wage at his £850 per night hotel. Critics have accused the former England player of “hypocrisy” after managers of the Bull & Bear restaurant at Stock Exchange Hotel, which he owns alongside Ryan Giggs, announced they were looking for waiting and bar staff. But the five-star hotel restaurant run by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has only offered applicants between £9.50 and £11 an hour.

The advert has led Conservative MPs to accuse Mr Neville of “hypocrisy”.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lee Anderson said the ex-footballer’s staff are “working for a lot less than the public sector workers he claims are struggling to make ends meet”.

The MP for Ashfield added that the vocal Labour supporter “needs to shut up” as he is “becoming a national embarrassment alongside being a hypocrite”.

Nurses and other public and private sector staff are on strike this Christmas to demand better wages and conditions as they struggle to meet the rising cost of living.

Many receive below the UK average salary, approximately £38,131 as of October 2022.

The average nurse makes approximately £33,384 a year, while the sum advertised by Mr Neville’s hotel would give waiting staff just over half of this.

A 40-hour working week at £9.50 per hour would net waiters and waitresses approximately £19,814 a year.

The slightly higher £11 an hour rate would earn them up to £22,942 per year.

Other benefits of working at the location include “discounted or free food”.

Managers want “well-presented and confident” staff with experience in a five-star or “high-quality” restaurant setting.

The advert calls for someone with a “friendly, warm personality” and is “enthusiastic and is keen to help the guest”.

Candidates must provide “high-quality service” and “genuinely enjoy creating memorable guest experiences”.

Mr Neville had previously criticised the UK Government while commentating on the World Cup Final for ITV last weekend for its failure to give striking nurses a pay rise.

He slammed ministers in a speech in which he said people should “detest” low pay, poor accommodation and poor working conditions.

He condemned the Government for “demonising rail workers, ambulance workers and – terrifyingly – nurses”, adding: “We can’t have people being paid an absolute pittance to work, we can’t have people in accommodation which is unsavoury and disgusting.”

“That shouldn’t happen here [in Qatar] with the wealth that exists. But it shouldn’t happen in our country, that our nurses are having to fight for an extra pound or an extra two pounds either.”

Mr Anderson called for him to keep his opinions “off the football channels when you’re talking and commentating”.

The Tory MP is among hundreds of other Britons who took issue with the commentator’s World Cup grandstanding.

Ofcom, the UK’s official communications regulator, said 440 people complained about his on-air speech and will probe it “as a priority”.

Mr Neville has declined to comment on the advert, and Express.co.uk has contacted the Stock Exchange Hotel.

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