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Aldi becomes the highest-paying supermarket in the UK

Known for offering the cheapest groceries in the UK, but insists it won't settle for a budget workforce

Aldi has revealed its new pay rates this morning, in favour of its employees and boasted that the new deal will make it the highest-paying employer in the UK supermarket sector.

The supermarket chain will be paying its staff a minimum of £8.53 an hour nationally, and £9.75 an hour in London.  This figure is way ahead of the national living wage rate, which is currently set at £7.20 an hour.

The commitment from Aldi comes after rival discounter Lidl said it would become the first Supermarket to pay the voluntary living wage, a pay rate set by the Living Wage Foundation.

Employers signed up to the Living Wage Foundation’s pay rate are obliged to pay a minimum of £8.45 per hour nationally. Aldi said it would be paying its employees more than this because of their “dedication and commitment”.

Aldi also stated that it is one of the few employers in the industry that still offers staff paid breaks.

Matthew Barnes, chief executive of Aldi UK, said:

“We recognise the valuable contribution that our thousands of store employees make every day.  We employ the best people in retail and invest in their training to enable them to carry out a range of different roles in store. This approach means that we can continue to provide customers with the lowest grocery prices in the UK.”

The supermarket also announced that it is creating a further 4,000 new jobs as it moves towards opening its 700th store – part of the business’ plan to take a 10 per cent share of the UK grocery sector.

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