Sainsbury’s, Argos & Habitat staff receive pay rise in £100m investment

Sainsbury's grocery delivery driver
The grocer said the pay rise is a thank you to its staff for the "extraordinary work" they do
// Pay will increase from £9.50 to £10 an hour.
// Argos Fast Track Delivery drivers will receive £11 per hour based
// This year’s 5.3% increase means that Sainsbury’s hourly colleague pay has increased by 25% over the past five years.

Sainsbury’s employees are set to get a pay rise with effect from 6 March 2022.

The Big 4 grocer announced it is increasing its basic hourly rate of pay for all Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat employees from £9.50 to £10 an hour.

Inner London employees will get an increase from £10.10 to £11.05 and outer London employees receiving an increase from £9.75 to £10.50.

The grocer said the pay rise is a thank you to its staff for the “extraordinary work” they do.


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Sainsbury’s also revealed it is increasing additional payment rates for drivers.

Argos Fast Track Delivery drivers will receive £11 per hour based on a base rate of £10 per hour plus an extra £1, up from 75p, whereas, online grocery drivers will now receive £11.50 per hour, with a basic rate of £10 per hour plus an extra £1.50 per hour.

According to the grocer, the new rates of pay exceed the National Living Wage and the National Real Living Wage and represent a £100 million investment from Sainsbury’s in its store colleagues.

This year’s 5.3% increase means that Sainsbury’s hourly colleague pay has increased by 25% over the past five years.

“To kick off the New Year, I am pleased that one of the first things we are doing is investing in our colleagues and lifting our basic hourly rate of pay to £10,” Sainsbury’s chief executive officer Simon Roberts said.

“We are making this significant investment to show our colleagues how much we value the brilliant job they do for our customers every day. It also reflects the significant progress we are making against our plan and to save money we can invest in lower prices, offer fantastic colleague service and make shopping convenient for customers.

“We have also listened to our colleagues and are enhancing our colleague discount scheme to help them plan their grocery spend and manage their shopping budgets better, which could save colleagues hundreds of pounds a year.”

As part of their reward package, all Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat colleagues receive 10% discount on their shopping at all three brands.

Simon Clarke, MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury added: “The government is on the side of working people – which is why we’re increasing the National Living Wage in April, giving a full-time worker an extra £1,000 a year.

“Our Plan for Jobs will continue to ensure hard work pays and I fully welcome Sainsbury’s decision to invest in its staff and give them a well-deserved pay boost.”

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