Sainsbury’s grants 4.4% pay rise to 135,000 staff

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Sainsbury's pay rise

The UK‘s second largest supermarket retailer has announced a significant pay rise for its colleagues, bringing the base rate of pay to £8 per hour.

Today Sainsbury‘s announced a 4.4 per cent pay increase for 135,000 colleagues, including those under 25.

The wage increase is set to come into effect on August 27 and comes alongside a shared bonus across the group of £78 million this year.

“We‘re pleased to announce a 4.4% pay increase for colleagues working in Sainsbury‘s stores across the country,” Sainsbury‘s chief executive Mike Coupe said.

“This is the third successive year that we have awarded eligible store colleagues a pay rise of four per cent or more and recognises their hard work and dedication.

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“We know what a difference this makes to our customers and we‘re committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide.”

Sainsbury’s pay rate compares to Aldi‘s base rate for store assistants at £8.48, Lidl‘s base rate for store assistants and customer assistants at £7.84 and £8.20 respectively.

Its biggest rival Tesco pays customer assistants £7.52 per hour, while Morrisons pays sales assistants £7.24 per hour and Asda pays shop floor assistants £7.23 per hour.

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