Supermarkets are perhaps appreciated now more than ever given they are part of a select few stores allowed to remain open while the country endures its third national lockdown.
Staff of all supermarkets up and down the nation have rightly been dubbed key workers as the UK continues to struggle to get a grip on COVID-19.
Due to the sheer number of people either on furlough or made redundant from the jobs they had pre-lockdown, supermarkets have seen an increase in the amount of people looking for work in their stores.
Whether it be working behind the tills or as a delivery driver, the need for shop workers has only gone up since the pandemic began.
Those applying for job roles within these supermarket chains are obviously going to be on the lookout for which company pays staff the most.
Many of them have even offered staff 'thank you' bonuses this year as a reward for working through these unprecedented times.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, this is how much each major UK supermarket pays:
Shop staff receive an hourly rate of £9.30
This is the result of a pay rise that came into effect last October, increasing 3.3% from the previous rate.
This wage increase was developed in partnership with workers' union Usdaw alongside elected colleague representatives.
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Traditionally providing staff with both good pay and job security, Asda opts against using 'zero hours contract' and pays all staff above the National Living Wage.
If you work in an Asda outside of London, your hourly rate will be £9.18, while if you are based within the capital you'll get either £9.76 or £10.31.
There are also many staff perks, such as discounts in stores and online, special discounts for shops and a yearly performance-based bonus.
Aldi received widespread praise during the pandemic after it revealed plans to give 30,000 staff a pay-rise for their efforts.
The German chain also has plans to open more stores around the UK as well as employing 4,000 more staff.
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Staff pay is reportedly set to rise from £9.40 to £9.55 as a 'thank you' to all staff who worked and continue to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
London stores pay will rise to at least £11.07 an hour, up from £10.90
Aldi currently boasts 900 stores, but will seek to increase that to 1,200 by 2025.
All Aldi staff were also rewarded with a 10% Christmas bonus.
Morrisons are on course to become the first of all major supermarket chains to pay their staff a minimum of £10 per hour later this year.
The pay-rise is set to impact up to 96,000 staff who were originally on £9.20.
This wage increase was negotiated by Retail trade union Usdaw, and will see the majority of Morrisons staff wages rise by 9%.
As with other supermarket chains, Morrisons' London wage will also increase, wages for inner London will rise by 85p and for outer London 60p per hour.
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Lidl is continuing the trend of extreme generosity towards supermarket staff, as the chain is set to pay its 23,000 staff members a £200 "thank you" payment for their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.
Every category of frontline staff will receive the payment, from till workers to cleaners and Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: “Everyone in the food retail sector has been in the privileged position of being able to continue operating throughout this pandemic.
"However, it has been an extremely challenging period and our teams have done a phenomenal job in helping to keep the nation fed.
"I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment our colleagues have shown and continue to show and this payment is about recognising their unrelenting hard work and thanking each individual for the important part they've played in the year like no other.”
The hourly rate of all Lidl staff will also increase in March 2021, with entry-level wages rising to between £9.30 and £9.50 outside the M25 and £10.75 and £10.85 within the M25.
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Sainsbury's is one of the few supermarket giants who as of yet has made no indication it plans to increase staff wages.
The current basic hourly rate is £9.30, while a spokesperson for the company told the BBC: "Our colleagues do a brilliant job and we are so proud of how they continue to go above and beyond for our customers.
"We have made two thank you payments to frontline workers in recognition of this in the last year and regularly review colleague pay to make sure we offer leading rates."
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