Supermarket chain Aldi has increased hourly pay rates for its 33,000 employees, to exceed the real living wage rates recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
From 1 February 2020, Aldi’s employees across all of its 874 locations will now earn a minimum hourly rate of £9.40, and £10.90 inside the M25; this is an increase from the previous rates of £9.10 and £10.55, set by the organisation in January 2019.
Aldi’s new pay rates exceed the recommended real living wage rates of £9.30 nationally and £10.75 in London, set most recently in November 2019. Aldi is also one of the few UK supermarkets that pays staff during their scheduled breaks.
The pay increases also include a rise to £10.41 for employees who have worked at Aldi for three or more years, while those working in London will receive £11.15 after two years of service.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer at Aldi UK, said: “The dedication and commitment our store [employees] deliver every day when serving our customers underpins our success. We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector.
“We want to recruit the best people in retail, invest in their training and provide them with the opportunity to develop their careers with Aldi as our business grows.”