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Aldi has given all members of staff a New Year's pay rise meaning that the supermarket will increase its minimum hourly rates from 1 February 2021.
All of Aldi's 30,000 Store Assistants will benefit from the pay rise, with Aldi paying a minimum hourly rate of £9.55 nationally, up from £9.40.
Those working within the M25 will earn £11.07 an hour instead of £10.90. Store colleagues will now be able to earn up to £10.57 after three years nationally and £11.32 after two years in London.
The new rates of pay are also boosted by the fact Aldi is still one of the only UK supermarkets to pay for breaks taken during shifts, which means Aldi colleagues remain the best-paid in the sector.
Aldi's new minimum hourly rates exceed the Living Wage Foundation's recommended real living wage rates of £9.50 an hour nationally and £10.85 an hour inside the M25.
The pay rise follows bonuses that were awarded to store colleagues in April and December 2020, in recognition of their efforts throughout the pandemic.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Aldi UK and Ireland said: "I want to express my sincere thanks to every single Aldi colleague who stepped up when it mattered and helped us succeed in our most important mission of all - feeding the nation.
"Their outstanding efforts have ensured that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day. It has never been more important to ensure that our colleagues are rewarded fully for their immense contribution during a challenging period for everyone."
What's better is that you could be in on the new pay because Aldi is currently recruiting more than 4,000 store-level positions this year.
On top of this, Aldi has announced that it's pledging to donate 10 million meals to feed hungry families across the country.
To help combat hunger's devastating effects, @AldiUK are pledging to donate 10 million meals to families in need in 2021, working with myself and @nbrly
For more info: https://t.co/eC44q4m2vL#AldiHungerMonster #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY pic.twitter.com/aEF8eUTJJw
- Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 13, 2021
Aldi has collaborated with footballer and child poverty campaigner, Marcus Rashford, to narrate an animation that personifies 'hunger' through a child's eyes.
Rashford said: "Reading the script for the Aldi animation I felt like I was talking about myself 10 years ago. This story is a reality for millions of children so, of course, I was happy to lend my voice. I'm proud to call Aldi a Founding Member of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce.
"Aldi has continued to take active steps to combat the issue of child food poverty and I would encourage everyone to get involved in their pledge to donate 10 million meals. 2021 is a time to level the playing field once-and-for-all."
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