Aldi announces plans to raise staff wages making it one of the best-paying supermarkets in the UK

Aldi has announced plans to increase its pay for staff in stores by just over 3%, making it one of the best-paying supermarkets in the UK.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:45 am

The discounter said minimum hourly rates will rise from £9.10 an hour to £9.40, with workers inside the M25 getting £10.90 an hour instead of £10.55.

And for employees who have been with the business for three years or more, pay will increase to £10.41 an hour, while workers in London with two years' service will earn £11.15.

Aldi also pointed out that it is one of the few supermarkets to pay staff during breaks.

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Aldi has announced plans to increase its pay for staff in stores by just over 3%
Aldi has announced plans to increase its pay for staff in stores by just over 3%

The new rates exceed the Living Wage Foundation's recommended pay rates, although Aldi is not a member of the organisation, which also requires companies to agree to a series of staff well-being levels.

Retailers are in a fierce battle to keep and reward workers. Greggs recently announced that its staff would share a £7 million bonus.

And Mike Ashley of Frasers Group - formerly Sports Direct - said last year that he wanted to introduce a new bonus scheme for store staff, although details remain unclear.

Giles Hurley, chief executive of Aldi UK, said: "We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector."