Aldi has maintained its position as the UK’s best paying supermarket by raising its starting pay for Store Assistants to £11.00 an hour nationally and £12.45 within the M25 from 1st January 2023.
The new £11.00 an hour starting rate is over 15% higher than it was a year ago, representing a £81m investment in colleague pay in the last 12 months.
The new rates are higher than the Real Living Wage that is set by the Living Wage Foundation.
Aldi is also the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is worth an additional £871 annually.
Aldi will also be increasing the rates of pay for thousands of logistics colleagues, with starting salaries of at least £10.90, in line with the Real Living Wage.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Just as we promise Aldi customers that we will always offer the lowest grocery prices in Britain, we are committed to being the highest-paying supermarket for our colleagues. 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 per hour to all Store Assistants, exceeding the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended Real Living Wage.”
Aldi was earlier this year named Employer of the Year by The Grocer magazine and its store expansion plans are set to create over 6,000 new jobs this year, adding to the 4,500 permanent roles created last year.
Aldi has a total of over 40,000 colleagues and more than 970 stores in the UK.
Aldi is spreading the festive cheer and bringing together local communities by donating Christmas lunches to those in low-income areas across the UK.
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket is working in partnership with Company Shop Group to provide free Christmas dinners at Community Shops in the run-up to Christmas.
Aldi has announced when its stores will be open over Christmas and New Year.
From Monday 18th December to Saturday 23rd December, shoppers can visit Aldi stores between 7am and 10pm to pick up everything they need to celebrate Christmas, at the lowest possible prices.