Sainsbury's increasing pay in Northern Ireland, but ending bonus scheme
Northern Ireland staff at supermarket giant Sainsbury's will be among workers across the UK to benefit from a new pay rise.
It will increase the basic rate of pay by £1.20 an hour to £9.20. The company is also raising its basic rate in London to £9.80.
But a bonus usually paid in the spring will end, as will paid breaks. The new pay rate is planned to start in September.
Sainsbury's, which has 14 stores in Northern Ireland, said it will be investing £100m in its employees this year, adding that the pay rise will be funded by cost savings within the business.
A new contract is being introduced for all 130,000 staff, which the company said will ensure "consistency and fairness" across all its stores, regardless of age or length of service.
The number of types of roles will be cut from 22 to five - trading assistant, food services assistant, online assistant, general merchandise and clothing assistant, and services assistant.
Sainsbury's said a small number of staff may be adversely affected, adding that top-up payments will be made for 18 months to ensure no-one earns less than they do today.
Sainsbury's retail and operations director Simon Roberts said the retail sector has "never been more competitive" and that its customers value the high standard of service provided by its employees.
"Which is why we think it is so important to invest further in our colleagues so they feel rewarded and motivated to do the best possible job for our customers every day," he said.
"We expect the best from our teams and that's why we're committing to a leading rate of pay."