[UK] Aldi Will Be One Of The Best-Paying Supermarkets After Minimum Wage Increase

A 3 per cent increase to the hourly wage it pays employees will make German discount retailer Aldi one of the UK's best-paying supermarkets, Independent reports.

Aldi is putting up hourly rates for workers in London to £10.90. The rate will go up to £9.40 for workers outside the capital. Employees who have worked for Aldi for two years or more will now receive £11.15 in London and £10.41 in the rest of the country.

The company said that managers and office-based staff will be receiving pay rises too and drew attention to the fact that it is one of the few retailers to pay workers for their breaks.

Giles Hurley - Aldi UK's chief executive - said, "We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector.”

Retail is reportedly one of the UK’s lowest-paid sectors. This move by Aldi aligns it with other retailers trying to improve benefits for staff.

Following a successful year, Greggs announced earlier this month that its employees would share in a £7million bonus. In 2019 Tesco put an end to staff bonuses but replaced them with an across-the-board pay rise.

Aldi is Britain's fifth-largest supermarket with 874 stores at present and plans to expand to 1,200 by 2025. In the past 12 months, the retailer’s market share climbed 0.4 per cent to 7.8 per cent.

An additional 3,800 staff are being recruited in an ongoing grab for market share from Aldi’s larger competitors. The company had what it termed its "best-ever Christmas in the UK" following a 7.9 per cent increase on Christmas 2018.