Sainsbury's to give frontline staff a pay rise and 3% bonus

WORKERS at Sainsbury's and Argos will get a pay boost from March as well as a 3% bonus to thank them for their hard work.

The hourly rate will rise to £9.50 – up by 20p from £9.30 for a Sainsbury's worker and from £9, a rise of 50p, for Argos staff.

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Meanwhile, workers in Central London will see their hourly rates rise from £9.90 to £10.10 – a boost of 30p.

In the past five years, Sainsbury's has increased worker wages by 24% – from £7.66 an hour in 2016 to £9.50 in 2021.

The bonus will be paid to workers in stores, logistics and customer Careline teams in May to thank them for their hard work during the pandemic.

It'll be based on 3% of a worker’s annual pay, meaning a full-time colleague will receive more than £530 extra.

Sainsbury's has already paid out two one-off bonuses during the pandemic.

All frontline colleagues and managers were given an additional 10% pay for the hours they worked between March 8 to April 5, 2020, and the second was 10% of four weeks' pay in November 2020.

All hourly-based workers will get the pay rise as well as the third bonus, but Sainsbury's is yet to confirm how many staff members this applies to.

Clodagh Moriarty, retail and digital director at Sainsbury's, said: "In the last 12 months our frontline colleagues have shown outstanding commitment to our customers. In recognition of everything they have achieved, we are giving them a pay rise, plus an additional one-off payment.

"I feel so proud and humbled by the dedication our colleagues have shown day in, day out and would like to thank everyone for the part they have played in helping to feed the nation throughout an extraordinary year."

In December, Sainsbury's joined other supermarkets in repaying business rates relief worth £440million.

In January, the supermarket then revealed a new limit on number of customers in stores.

Around the same time, it also said it'll ban shoppers who refuse to wear face masks in its stores.

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