Sainsbury’s has announced a 4.4% pay rise for its shop floor staff to take their hourly rate to £8.
The pay rise will mean its 135,000 shop floor staff will receive 50p more per hour than the national living wage.
The changes will include workers under the age of 25, despite their exemption from national living wage regulations, and only exclude the “small number of colleagues are on a different pay structure for historical reasons”.
The announcement marks the third year Sainsbury’s has given its store employees a pay rise of 4% or more.
The news is likely to be particularly welcome following this weekend’s rumours that Sainsbury’s is to axe 1,000 head office staff next month.
Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said the pay increase recognised the “hard work and dedication” of store staff. “We know what a difference this makes to our customers and we’re committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide,” he said.
In June, Tesco committed to steady increases in pay for its staff, which would equate to an hourly rate of £8.42 by November 2018 and £9.52 by 2020.
However, there was a sting in the tail as Tesco revealed it was to take the axe again to overtime and Sunday working premiums.