Aldi has announced it is increasing its minimum hourly rate to £9.55 an hour nationwide, exceeding the Living Wage Foundation’s latest recommended pay rates.
According to the supermarket, these changes mean that store colleagues across the UK will earn a minimum of £0.83 more per hour than the current national living wage, and £2.35 more an hour if they work within greater London.
The pay rise which is set to come into effect on 1 February will see new minimum hourly rates for store assistants rise from £9.40 to £9.55 nationally and those working within the M25 will earn £11.07 an hour instead of £10.90.
It follows what has been a lucrative year for the company, with the store reporting a 10.6% rise in sales over the holiday period.
Aldi has also recently pledged to increase its spending on UK-made food and drink by £3.5bn by 2025, as part of its growth plans over the next five years.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “I want to express my sincere thanks to every single Aldi colleague who stepped up when it mattered and helped us succeed in our most important mission of all – feeding the nation.
“Their outstanding efforts have ensured that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day. It has never been more important to ensure that our colleagues are rewarded fully for their immense contribution during a challenging period for everyone.”