Well, I am not a manager. However, I was speaking to a relief a few weeks ago about this very subject, by chance. And have spoken to others about it since. I will stress that I have been in London a lot recently, and I am also trying to get around other SS pubs, just in case any Brewery 'informer' is reading this - it is easy to work out where I live, I do not want anyone thinking this is my local, to the detriment of any employee. The person I was speaking to informed me that the £38 per day was the case, and had been for a while. Another member of staff chipped in and said this was why it was now so hard to get reliefs, and so in many cases, staff were paid to do it as they obviously got their hourly rate, albeit at minimum wage. So a relief could be working for virtually half the pay of a staff member with all the responsibility - a total nonsense. Furthermore, you could have a couple where the relief manager was one of them and the partner on hourly. So hubby earns £38 and wifey does 10 hours and earns £65!
Also, the rate of pay is the same irrespective of the size / turnover / location / 'quality' of the pub - you get the same for running The Chandos as a little local. Furthermore, I'd like to know if it has been raised on here before about zero hours contracts - all recent staff ( managers excepted ), are on them I understand, this has been going on for a few years now. Comments?