Asda herbs staff

The amount each colleague will receive will depend on their individual circumstances

Asda has today announced more than 100,000 hourly-paid store staff across the UK will share a £27.8m bonus pot in February’s pay packet.

It said whilst the amount each colleague receives depends on their individual circumstances, the average bonus for hourly-paid store colleagues working full-time was £413, while the average figure for all hourly-paid store colleagues was £269.

Asda stressed it was the only supermarket to offer hourly-paid store colleagues a bonus scheme once they have completed a three-month probationary period.

The move comes amid controversy over Asda staff pay. Yesterday The Grocer revealed union bosses had written to Asda’s billionaire bosses, the Issa brothers, attacking a pay rise which they warn will mean more than 120,000 supermarket staff being paid the minimum wage.

The GMB claimed Asda would effectively become a “minimum wage employer” unless it agreed to up the offer and claimed there was a “significant appetite” for industrial action among Asda store staff.

But Asda said as well as the bonus, its benefits package included 10% off shopping in store and online, a company pension scheme and discounts on a range of services and activities.

“This payout is only possible thanks to the continued hard work and dedication of our store colleagues,” said Asda people director Hayley Tatum. “They did a fantastic job serving millions of customers last year, often in challenging circumstances due to the pandemic, and their bonuses are well-deserved.”