Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has become the latest retailer to announce pay rises, with basic hourly rates of at least £10 per hour coming in.
The FTSE 100 grocer, also behind Argos, said the hourly rate for store workers will rise from £9.50 to £10 an hour.
The increase in inner London is to £11.05 from £10.10, and to £10.50 from £9.75 in outer London.
Sainsbury’s, which is led by Simon Roberts, said the move is in “recognition of the extraordinary work” employees do for customers.
Sainsbury's, Britain's second largest retailer, has some 600 supermarkets and 800 convenience stores. It employs around 150,000 shop workers and hundreds of drivers.
Grocers have been battling for workers, with a number of retailers continuing to see good customer demand and some expanding with new sites.
Aldi and Lidl are among rivals to have recently outlined wage rise plans. You can read about what other grocers are paying here.
Meanwhile, a combination of the ‘pingdemic’ causing disruption, driving test backlogs and some workers leaving the UK after Brexit led to a shortfall in HGV drivers last year.
Sainsbury’s today said it is increasing additional payment rates for drivers. Drivers for the online grocery division will now get £11.50 per hour, with a basic rate of £10 per hour plus an extra £1.50 per hour. The existing pay was £9.50.
Argos fast track drivers will receive £11 per hour based on a base rate of £10 per hour plus an extra £1, up from 75p. The existing pay was £10.75.
Sainsbury’s said: “While demand for online deliveries remains high, this enhanced pay will help the retailer recruit and retain the best talent.”
The changes will come into effect from March 6, with the first pay day being on April 8.
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.”