Aldi gives distribution centre staff up to 9% pay rise

AldiSupermarket chain Aldi has increased the hourly rate of pay for thousands of its UK regional distribution centre employees by up to 9%.

As of September, all hourly paid colleagues within its warehouses receive pay rises of up to 9% on their previous January 2022 hourly rates.

Warehouse selectors, which make up the majority of distribution centre roles, will receive a minimum rate of £12.66 an hour, while all logistics staff working outside normal operating hours will see their night premium payments increase from 20% to 25% of their normal hourly rate.

The new rates are higher than the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended real living wage of £9.90 an hour nationally and £11.05 inside the M25.

Giles Hurley, chief executive officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “This announcement recognises the amazing contribution our logistics colleagues make in serving communities across the country. We’re also pleased to be able to increase the night premium we pay to our many colleagues who work so hard to keep our stores well-stocked. Their outstanding efforts help ensure that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day.”

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The supermarket announced last month that it will also give its approximately 26,000 hourly paid store employees a second pay increase this year in September, with all UK-based store assistants set to receive an increase of 40 pence an hour on their current rate. This will result in minimum pay rates rising to £10.50 an hour nationally and £11.95 for those located inside the M25.

This follows Aldi’s annual pay review that came into effect from February, which saw pay rates across Aldi’s logistics network increase and all UK-based store assistants receiving at least £10.10 an hour, while those located inside the M25 got a minimum of £11.55.