Home Bargains To Give Staff Boxing Day Off And Two Weeks' Extra Pay
For the third year in a row, the bargain store will say 'thank you' to its staff by giving them Boxing Day off work fully paid.
Home Bargains will also shut up its shops slightly earlier on Christmas Eve - 5pm compared to its usual 6pm or 8pm closing - to allow staff the evening at home with their families. How nice is that?
A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: "We want to recognise how hard our staff have worked throughout some very challenging times and allow them to relax and truly enjoy the break safely with their loved ones.
"Home Bargains is a family-run business, and we know the importance of being together at Christmas time, now more than ever.
"Our staff work tirelessly to keep all our stores running smoothly no matter what and this is our way of saying thank you to all of our staff for their hard work and commitment."
And for the first time this year, many workers will see their pay boosted by an extra two weeks.
Back in March, the retailer said it was setting aside a £30 million package to support its staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
Home Bargains said it would be handing over two weeks' pay to anyone who was forced to self-isolate during the pandemic.
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And those who didn't need to self-isolate between March and December would also receive the pay out so they 'didn't miss out'.
In a statement in March, Home Bargains said: "Thank you for your amazing work during this unprecedented time.
"We want you to feel secure during this turbulent period, so we have created a £30 million Coronavirus Fund to financially support you during the outbreak.
"This will include paying staff that need to self-isolate for up to two weeks by maintaining their pay during this period, and to support team members in high-risk groups that need to isolate for longer periods.
"If staff do not need to self-isolate between now and December they will be paid two weeks' extra salary, so they do not miss out."
It is not yet clear how the additional payment will be paid out to staff.
Elsewhere, retailer Wickes has announced it will be closing all its shops for three days over Christmas for the first time in almost 50 years.
Chief executive officer David Wood said it was 'an easy decision' to give staff 'meaningful time off' over the festive period.
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