Supermarket organisation Sainsbury’s is to award approximately 135,000 UK store-based employees a 4.4% pay rise, increasing the base rate of pay to £8 an hour.
The pay increase, which will also apply to employees under the age of 25, will come into effect from 27 August 2017.
Some employees, who are contracted on a different pay structure for historical reasons, will not be eligible for the pay increase. Sainsbury’s has committed to speaking to these employees separately about what the pay rise will mean for them.
Alongside this pay increase, employees already have access to benefits such as a discount card, a pension, life insurance and paid breaks. Staff can also receive an annual bonus, with employees from across the organisation sharing a bonus of around £78 million in 2017.
Mike Coupe, chief executive officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re pleased to announce a 4.4% pay increase for [employees] working in Sainsbury’s stores across the country. This is the third successive year that we have awarded eligible store [employees] a pay rise of 4% or more and recognises their hard work and dedication. We know what a difference this makes to our customers and we’re committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide.”