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Aldi raises lorry drivers’ wages amid labour shortage

The supermarket is said to have ‘pushed through’ a pay rise for its drivers to maintain its stance as one of the highest paying supermarkets in the UK

Aldi has reportedly increased the wages for its lorry drivers in a bid to tackle labour shortages within the industry and avoid bare shelves, according to The Sunday Times.

The supermarket is said to have “pushed through” a pay rise for its drivers to maintain its stance as one of the highest paying supermarkets in the UK.

The retailer is one of many who have responded to the shortage of drivers. Arla, a dairy company which supplies all major supermarkets, recently warned that due to the issue, the group had to “cancel 600 deliveries in a day”.

Another supermarket, Tesco, previously announced a £1,000 “signing-on bonus” to HGV drivers if they were able to start before the end of next month. The group also called for up to an 18% increase in contributions from suppliers that deliver products through its own distribution network, Tesco Primary, to help drive up wages.

Meanwhile, Booker, Tesco’s wholesale business, has given drivers at its Hemel Hempstead depot a “temporary £5-an-hour pay rise” to combat the issue within the supply chain.

Retail Sector has contacted Aldi for a comment.

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