Alex Vickers, who has run Vickers Construction for almost 30 years, will help his 21 employees amid spiralling energy bills and other costs
A generous boss has given all of his staff £250 towards soaring household bills amid soaring energy bills.
Alex Vickers, who has run Vickers Construction for almost 30 years, will help his 21 employees by giving them a £250 payment towards the cost of living.
The 72-year-old 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 director said he has noticed the impact which rocketing bills have had on his home as well as his business. He said the building company, based on Yarm Road in Stockton, has 12 vans so they are feeling the effects of rising fuel costs, reports Teesside Live.
Alex, who lives in N orton, said: “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.
“Of course I feel the same, I have got bills at home as well. It’s not a fortune but I think it will help them a little bit.”
Alex is not the only big-hearted gaffer in the town to have dished out cash to their workers.
Managing director David Anderson has gifted all 58 members of staff at Joseph Parr a £750 “energy” supplement this month. The builder’s merchants, based in Portrack, has also handed the cash to young apprentices, who still live at home, to give to their parents.
David, who also gave an over-inflation pay rise in January, hopes the payment will alleviate financial concerns. The 52-year-old 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.”
He said the news of rising petrol and energy prices across the UK spurred him on to make the decision for staff.
David added: “We looked at this back in November/December when we were looking at pay rises and thought we need to give people a decent rise this year because of inflation. When you look at how things are, I thought it was a good idea to give them that bit of a boost.”