Aldi to give thousands of workers second pay rise in a year

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Around 4,200 logisticians in the distribution centers of the supermarkets will benefit from the increase from September.

The hourly rate for “warehouse selectors”, the most common role in its distribution centres, will rise to £12.66 an hour – a 9% increase from rates in January 2022.

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For unsocial working hours, nighttime pay for warehouse workers will increase from 20% to 25%.

These new rates exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommendation for a real living wage of £9.90 an hour nationally.

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Will Aldi retail workers see a pay rise?

Aldi has confirmed it is raising salaries for around 26,000 store associates.

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Retail workers’ wages will rise to £10.50 an hour nationwide, or £11.95 for those working within the M25.

These changes also begin in September.

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Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “This announcement recognizes the amazing contribution our logistics colleagues are making to serve communities across the country.

“We are also pleased to be able to increase the night surcharge that we pay to our many colleagues who work so hard to keep our stores well stocked.

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“Your outstanding commitment helps ensure our customers continue to have access to fresh, affordable groceries every day.”

The new pay rises will result in Aldi becoming the UK’s highest-paid supermarket.

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The National Living Wage, which is the amount companies are legally required to pay workers aged 23 and over, is currently £9.50 an hour.

The national minimum wage for those of school leaving age is £9.18 for those aged 21-22, £6.83 for workers aged 18-20 and £4.81 for those under 18 and trainees.

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This is separate from the recommended Real Living Wage, a voluntary program that businesses can join that is based on the cost of living.

At the moment the Real Living Wage is £9.90 per hour nationally and £11.05 within the M25. This is set by the Living Wage Foundation and paid by around 10,000 employers.

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