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Aldi to raise staff wages to £9.40 an hour

The supermarket is one of the highest payers in the sector.

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Aldi is giving pay rises to store staff (Peter Byrne/PA)

Aldi is giving pay rises to store staff (Peter Byrne/PA)

Aldi is giving pay rises to store staff (Peter Byrne/PA)

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.

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.

We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sectorGiles Hurley, Aldi UK

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

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.”

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