// Aldi increases hourly pay rates for store colleagues in the UK
// The new rates now exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended pay rates
// It will be recruiting over 3800 store-level positions this year
Aldi has increased the hourly pay rates for its UK store colleagues from £9.10 and £10.55 per hour to £9.40 nationally and £10.90 inside the M25, effective February 1.
The German discounter’s new rates now exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended pay rates.
Aldi is also one of the few grocers that pays its colleagues for breaks taken during their shift.
The retailer has also said it will be recruiting over 3800 store-level positions this year.
“The dedication and commitment our store colleagues deliver every day when serving our customers underpins our success,” Aldi UK chief executive Giles Hurley said.
“We have the most efficient and productive workforce, and this is why they earn the highest rates of pay in the grocery sector.”
Aldi currently has 874 stores in the UK and said it remains on track to achieve its long-term target of 1200 UK stores by 2025.
“We want to recruit the best people in retail, invest in their training and provide them with the opportunity to develop their careers with Aldi as our business grows.”