Amazon increases UK minimum starting pay

Amazon minimum salary increase
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Online retailer Amazon has announced that it will increase its minimum salary for frontline operations employees as part of a £170 million investment as of 15 October.

Minimum starting pay for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal roles will rise to between £11.80 and £12.50 per hour, depending on location.

In addition, minimum starting pay for this group of employees will further increase to between £12.30 and £13 per hour depending on location as of April 2024.

According to the retailer, the increases mean its minimum starting pay will have risen by 20% in two years, and 50% since 2018. This is intended to benefit tens of thousands of UK employees, as well as more than 15,000 seasonal employees who will be hired at Amazon sites across the country for this year’s festive season.

John Boumphrey, country manager at Amazon UK, said: “We have some of the most talented colleagues around, and we’re proud to offer them competitive wages and benefits, as well as fantastic opportunities for career development, all in a safe and modern work environment. These are just some of the reasons people want to work at Amazon, whether it’s their first job, a seasonal role or an opportunity for them to advance their career.”

From day one of employment, Amazon also offers employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals, an employee discount, a pension plan, dental insurance, access to GPs through Axa Doctor at Hand, mortgage advice, mental wellbeing support, a vision voucher, a cycle to work scheme and other commuter benefits.

Amazon also offers its staff a programme called Career Choice that provides funding for skills development through nationally recognised courses of up to £8,000 over four years.