Aldi to give 8,000 workers a pay rise next month – and some staff will get £10.89 an hour

The discounter is hiking pay packets for more than 8,000 employees, although how much your pay will be boosted by depends on how long you've worked for the supermarket.

Those who've worked for Aldi for less than three years will see their pay boosted from £8.85 to £9.10 an hour nationally – or from £10.20 to £10.55 an hour for those employed inside the M25.

That's an annual increase of £1,768 nationally, while Londoners will see another £728 added over the year.

But shop assistants who've been working for the supermarket for at least three years are to get a bumper pay rise, with wages rising to £10.41 an hour nationally and £10.89 in the capital.

It means that long-term staff across the UK working 40 hours a week will see another £2,724.80 added to their pay packet over the year, while those in London will see an annual increase of £707.20.

How to ask for a pay rise

  • Ask at a strategic time – for instance an annual performance review
  • Be upfront and honest with your manager and explain your situation in a private meeting
  • Be clear on your reasons for asking – have you taken on any new responsibilities?
  • Be confident, you need to show that you believe you deserve any rise
  • Highlight some key success points you have had over the past 12 months that have helped the company to achieve its objectives.
  • If you think you're underpaid, research what people within your job role are paid in your local area and bring these in to demonstrate to your manager
  • Be specific about what salary you would like and how you came to that number
  • Be ready to negotiate, and make sure you consider other perks such as flexible working
  • Keep your emotionals in check. Make sure you stay professional at all times
  • Be prepared to look elsewhere if a pay rise isn’t offered.

Aldi is now the second highest paying supermarket, knocking rival Lidl into third place which pays staff £9 an hour.

Sainsbury's remains the supermarket that pays it's staff the most at £9.20 an hour nationally, although unlike Aldi, it doesn't pay staff during break times.

Last year, the Living Wage rose to £10.55 an hour from £10.20 in London and £9 from £8.75 an hour for the rest of the UK.

The rate is set by calculating the real cost of living, and is not to be confused with the "national minimum wage" which is dictated by the Government.

Aldi is now paying workers at least the Living Wage in London stores and an extra 10p an hour outside the M25.

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All store assistants across 800 stores will also receive a pensions boost as the employer has promised to increase the amount it pays into the scheme.

Employees will see the extra cash hit their bank accounts from February 1.

Bosses at the discounter have put the pay rise down to booming sales that last year broke £12billion for the first time.

Giles Hurley, chief executive for Aldi UK, said: "Our store colleagues do a fantastic job every day and the excellent service they provide to customers is a key reason why we are the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket.

"We’re committed to being the best supermarket employer in Britain and this means rewarding our colleagues for the excellent job they do with market-leading rates of pay and opportunities to progress their career at Aldi."

Aldi has already announced plans to open a further 65 stores this year, creating 2,500 new jobs, as it continues to take on the UK supermarket sector.

Last year, fellow German discounter Lidl announce that it too would be creating 1,000 new jobs by opening five new stores.

Tesco delighted shoppers by cutting its click and collect minimum spend to £25 but unfortunately it's only for a month.

Here's how to cut the cost of your grocery shop

  • Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
  • Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
  • Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy  more food if your tummy is rumbling
  • Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
  • Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
  • Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
  • Check the small print –  It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
  • Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards

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