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Aldi hikes minimum wage

Aldi has announced it will implement “market leading” pay rates for its store colleagues.

All employees will earn a minimum hourly rate of £9.40 nationally and £10.90 inside the M25, increasing from £9.10 and £10.55 respectively.

The new rates, which exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended rates, will be effective from 1 February. 

The national rate will rise to £10.41 per hour for those who have worked for over three years, while London employees with two years’ service will earn £11.15 per hour.

Aldi, which claims to be the UK’s highest paying supermarket, also pays employees for breaks taken during their shift.

Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi UK, said: “The dedication and commitment our store colleagues deliver every day when serving our customers underpins our success. 

“We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector.”

He added: “We want to recruit the best people in retail, invest in their training and provide them with the opportunity to develop their careers with Aldi as our business grows.”

Aldi, which currently has 874 stores, and will be recruiting over 3,800 store-level employees this year. The group remains “on track” to achieve its long-term target of 1,200 UK stores by 2025.

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