// Morrisons thanks staff with threefold increase in bonus for next 12 months
// Full time employees will earn a bonus of £1050 compared to around £350 average last year
// The bonus is the largest for UK grocery staff working through the coronavirus pandemic
Morrisons is set to increase this year’s annual bonus payout threefold from last year as a way to thank staff who are helping to feed the nation during the coronavirus crisis.
The Big 4 grocer said all frontline staff working on shop floors across the UK will receive a six per cent bonus on their earnings for the next 12 months – rather than just the next 8-12 weeks.
Morrisons said the changes represent a total bonus payment of £1050 for a full-time frontline employee compared to the £351 that would have been paid last year.
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The retailer said this represented the largest special bonus for frontline staff in the UK grocery sector.
Morrisons added that the bonus would be split in quarterly payments so staff would not have to wait until next year to be paid.
Employees who are off sick or are self-isolating will remain eligible, and the bonus will continue to be paid as a percentage of actual earnings as per previous years.
Both permanent and temporary staff will be also eligible in recognition of the thousands of new employees who have joined Morrisons in recent weeks to help with its efforts in meeting soaring demand due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, frontline salaried managers are also guaranteed to receive a bonus that will be twice their maximum yearly amount in a normal year, and paid quarterly.
“Our highly valued colleagues have stood tall amidst the coronavirus pandemic, playing their full part in feeding the nation,” Morrisons group people director Clare Grainger said.
“We want to thank every single one of them for their continued hard work during these unprecedented times by paying a much higher guaranteed bonus for the whole year in recognition of their effort.”
Morrisons’ bonus overhaul is the latest change that the grocery giant has put in place for its staff.
Previous measures include paying extremely vulnerable and high risk staff 12 weeks of paid leave to self isolate as well as paying 12 weeks of paid leave to staff who live with someone who is high risk and extremely vulnerable.
In store, perspex screens have been installed to protect staff and customers while paying for groceries at the checkouts and social distancing measures have been introduced.