Sainsbury’s have announced that for their 127,000 hourly paid staff they will receive yet another pay rise to at least £11 per hour.
The retail giant has 600 supermarkets with more than 800 convenience stores and the pay rise represents a 10% increase year on year.
This round of pay rises will cost Sainsbury’s £185 million which is on top if the £20 million they invested in October.
Simon Roberts, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, said, “We are acutely aware of how tough things are for millions of households this winter and we know that particularly after Christmas, budgets will be tighter than ever.
“This is a massive investment that reflects the real challenges our people are facing right now.
“I’m really pleased that the progress we are making against our strategy means that we can continue to prioritise investing in colleagues to reward them for the fantastic service they deliver every day.”
Dave Gill, Usdaw national officer, said, “We continue to work closely with Sainsbury’s on pay and these successive substantial increases make a significant difference to our members.
“With the cost of living continually rising, we have kept open our dialogue with Sainsbury’s and we are pleased the business has responded so positively.”