Aldi has announced new market-leading rates of pay for its employees in a move that reaffirms its position as the highest-paying supermarket employer in the UK. Employees at the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket will earn a minimum of £8.53 per hour nationally, and £9.75 per hour in London, from 1st February 2017.
Aldi UK’s new rate of pay is the highest in the supermarket sector and also exceeds the Living Wage Foundation’s new voluntary national rate of £8.45 per hour announced in November. Apprentices will continue to earn market-leading rates of pay.
The value of Aldi’s pay increase is further enhanced because it is one of the few supermarkets to still pay employees for breaks. A total of 3,356 employees in the UK will benefit from the pay increases. Matthew Barnes, Chief Executive Officer for Aldi UK, said: “We recognise the valuable contribution that our thousands of store employees make every day. Their dedication and commitment is a key reason why Aldi is the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket.
“We employ the best people in retail and invest in their training to enable them to carry out a range of different roles in store. This approach means that we can continue to provide customers with the lowest grocery prices in the UK.” The company, which is currently recruiting 4,000 permanent roles across the UK, will open its 700th store next month and remains on course to achieve its target of 1,000 stores by 2022.
Matthew Barnes added: “We remain committed to being the best supermarket employer in Britain. This means that we will continue to provide employees with rates of pay and benefits that are the highest in the supermarket sector.”
Full details of the different roles and pay offered by Aldi are available at https://www.aldirecruitment.co.uk and https://www.aldirecruitment.ie/.