Aldi gives staff pay rise from February 2022

Aldi rewards front-line staff with 10% bonus paymentAldi has announced that it will increase the hourly pay rates for its 28,000 members of staff from 1 February 2022 in a bid to maintain its position as one of the UK’s highest-paying supermarkets.

All UK-based store assistants at the German-owned grocery chain are set to receive at least £10.10 an hour, while those located inside the M25 will get a minimum of £11.55.

This exceeds the Living Wage Foundation’s (LWF) recommended Real Living Wage rates of £9.90 an hour outside London and £11.05 an hour in the capital. The LWF increased its rates last month (November).

Aldi claims it remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which it says are worth £750 a year for the average store employee.

Giles Hurley, chief executive officer at Aldi UK and Ireland, said the commitment and enthusiasm of staff has driven the success of the business for many years, particularly during the pandemic-dominated last 18 months.

“We want to ensure our colleagues are always fully rewarded for their amazing work,” he said. “These new rates, together with the fact that we are the only supermarket to pay colleagues for breaks taken during their shifts, means we continue to offer the best pay in the supermarket sector.”

Last month, rival budget supermarket Lidl increased the entry level pay for its own workers from March 2022 from £10.85 to £11.30 an hour within the M25, and to £10.10 from £9.50 outside of the capital.

Meanwhile, the government-set National Living Wage for people aged 23 or older is set to go up to £9.50 an hour from 1 April 2022, a 6.6% increase on the current rate of £8.91.

The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 to 22 will also rise from £8.36 an hour to £9.18 an hour, while those aged 18 to 20 will see an increase to £6.83 from £6.56. Workers under 18 will get a rise from £4.62 to £4.81, and apprentices will receive an augmented rate of £4.81 from £4.30.