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UK: Aldi to boost starting pay by 13%

Aldi is maintaining its position as the UK’s highest paying supermarket by boosting its starting pay for store assistants to a minimum of £11.40 per hour nationally, and £12.85 within the M25.

The new starting rate, which is effective from 1st July 2023, is more than 13% higher than this time last year, representing an investment of more than £100m in colleague pay in the last 12 months. The new rates are higher than the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation, of £10.90 per hour nationally and £11.95 for colleagues in London. It will impact over 28,000 UK workers.

Wages are also set to rise further for senior colleagues to £12.30 nationally and £13.15 within the M25 – based on length of service. The German discounter is also the only supermarket to pay for breaks, which for the average store colleague is worth an additional £927 annually.

Aldi is set to create more than 6,000 new jobs this year, adding to the 4,500 permanent roles created last year.

The supermarket, which was named by consumer champion Which? as the UK’s cheapest for 2022, has more than 40,000 colleagues and over 990 stores in the UK.

“We believe our colleagues are the best in the sector and we are committed to ensuring they are also the best paid,” chief executive officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, Giles Hurley said.

“We are incredibly proud of every single member of Team Aldi and are pleased to become the first UK supermarket to pay a minimum of £11.40 per hour to all store assistants.”

This announcement follows a series of pay increases by Aldi, including raising hourly rates for 7,000 warehouse colleagues across the UK.

Source: Grocery Gazette

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