Third pay rise in 12 months for Aldi shop staff

Discount retailer Aldi has announced a further pay rise for its store employees in the UK, taking the starting rate to a minimum of £11.40 per hour nationally, and £12.85 within the M25.

It’s the company’s third pay rise in the past year and comes amid labour shortages and high inflation.

The £11.40 per hour starting rate, effective from 1 July 2023, is more than 13% higher than it was a year ago.

The new rates are also higher than the Real Living Wage, set by the Living Wage Foundation, which currently stands at £10.90 per hour nationally and £11.95 inside the M25.

Depending on length of service, staff can earn up to £12.30 per hour nationally and £13.15 in Greater London.

More than 28,000 store employees will benefit from the pay rise, which comes after the retailer’s 7,000 warehouse workers received pay increases earlier this year.

CEO Giles Hurley said that Aldi was “pleased to become the first UK supermarket to pay a minimum of £11.40 per hour to all store assistants”.

The supermarket expects to create 6,000 new jobs this year as it expands its UK store network.