Aldi has announced that around 26,000 store employees are to receive a second pay increase this year. This move is said to maintain the retailer’s position as the UK’s “best-paying supermarket”.
From September, all hourly paid workers within its stores will receive an increase of 40p an hour on their current hourly rate, which will take Aldi’s minimum pay rates for store assistants to a “sector-leading” £10.50 an hour nationally and £11.95 for those inside the M25.
In addition, Aldi remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is now worth more than £830 a year.
The new rates are said to far exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended real living wage of £9.90 an hour nationally and £11.05 inside the M25.
Aldi is the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket and has more than 970 stores across Britain.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Our new rates of pay maintain Aldi’s position as the UK’s highest paying supermarket.
“This announcement recognises the amazing contribution our colleagues make in serving local communities across the country. Their outstanding efforts have ensured that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day.”