Supermarket giant Aldi has announced good news for its employees in the new year.
The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket plans to increase its pay rates for store colleagues in Merseyside from February 1, 2022, as it maintains its position as the UK’s best-paying supermarket.
Aldi also remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is worth £750 annually.
Its new rates exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended real living wage rates of £9.90 an hour nationally and £11.05 an hour inside the M25, as the store will pay all store assistants at least £10.10 an hour nationally and £11.55 for those inside the M25.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Aldi UK and Ireland said: "The commitment and enthusiasm of our colleagues has driven our success over many years, particularly during the last 18 months.
"We want to ensure our colleagues are always fully rewarded for their amazing work. 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."
Aldi plans to recruit more than 2,000 store-level positions next year with a plan to to invest £1.3 billion into their 950 stores throughout the UK over the next two years.
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