// Aldi is now UK’s best-paying supermarket
// Workers’ new rate of pay surpasses the Living Wage Foundation’s real living wage standard
// Aldi’s share of the UK grocery market currently stands at 7.4%
Aldi has become the best-paying supermarket in the UK after it increased the hourly rates of pay for store colleagues.
The discount grocer has strengthened its position as the UK’s best-paying supermarket after increasing the minimum hourly rates of pay for store colleagues.
Store assistants can now earn minimum hourly rates of £9.10 nationally or £10.55 if within the M25, effective February 1.
This will rise to £10.41 after three years nationally and £10.89 in London.
The previous pay was £8.85 and £10.20 respectively.
Aldi’s new national rate of pay now surpasses the Living Wage Foundation’s real living wage recommendation of £9 per hour nationally.
For workings inside the M25, it matches the recommended rate of £10.55 per hour.
The increase in pay rates comes after Aldi’s total sales in the UK & Ireland broke the £12 billion barrier for the first time in 2018.
Meanwhile, store assistants will also receive an enhanced employer pension contribution.
“Our store colleagues do a fantastic job every day and the excellent service they provide to customers is a key reason why we are the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket,” Aldi UK chief executive officer Giles Hurley said.
“We’re committed to being the best supermarket employer in Britain and this means rewarding our colleagues for the excellent job they do with market-leading rates of pay and opportunities to progress their career at Aldi.”
Aldi currently runs over 800 stores in the UK and plans to open a further 65 this year creating around 2500 new jobs.
The supermarket’s share of the UK grocery market currently stands at 7.4 per cent.
Earlier this month, Aldi said it had recorded its best-ever UK Christmas trading period, which it credited to the increased demand for its premium ranges.