Luxury hotel Seaham Hall announces profit-sharing scheme as it struggles to recruit staff

Ross Grieve, manager at Seaham Hall Hotel
Ross Grieve, manager at Seaham Hall Hotel
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A LUXURY hotel is offering its staff a slice of its success as it searches for top workers.

The five-star Seaham Hall has said it is struggling to recruit, despite the region facing one of the country’s highest unemployment rates.

The business believes it is the first hotel in the country to introduce a profit-share deal and has modelled it on the John Lewis Partnership employee scheme, which sees workers being given a share of the profits as a percentage of their salary.

Its owners Seasons Holidays, which bought it in April 2012 after Von Essen went into administration, has previously said it plans to up its staffing levels from just under 100 to 140.

General manager Ross Grieve said: “Seaham Hall has almost 100 employees and 90 per cent have been recruited locally. I’m delighted that we have attracted some really impressive staff, but we urgently need more exceptional and motivated people to share in our success.”

The hotel’s employee incentive scheme will see 40 per cent of net profits divided up and returned to each member of staff equally.

The business, which won Small Hotel of the Year in the North East England Tourism Awards in November, is also introducing a range of outdoor activities and challenges for business guests within its grounds, including archery and laser clay shooting, duck herding, falconry and It’s A Knockout-style games.

Since taking over, Seasons has invested £2million into improvements.