ALDI is giving 30,000 staff a pay rise with workers earning as much as £11.32 an hour.
The biggest pay increase is for workers in London who’ve been employed by Aldi for two years.
For newly-employed staff outside the M25, the minimum hourly wage is being boosted to £9.55, up from £9.40.
After three years’ service, this rises to as much as £10.57.
But the hourly rate for newly-employed staff isn’t as much as Morrisons, who confirmed it’s increasing hourly wages to £10.
Aldi staff inside who work in London are seeing wages increased to £11.07 an hour instead of £10.90.
This goes up to £11.32 an hour for those who’ve been employed for two years.
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The pay rise will come into play from February 1, 2021, for 30,000 members of staff on minimum wage.
Aldi has 36,000 workers in total and confirmed the "vast majority" of managers will also see wages increased – but it wouldn't confirm average amounts.
The supermarket added that all staff are paid for breaks during their shifts.
The pay boost exceeds the Living Wage Foundation’s real living wage of £9.50 an hour nationally and £10.85 an hour inside the M25.
It comes as Aldi continues to work towards a long-term target of 1,200 stores by 2025. The grocer currently has more than 900 shops.
The supermarket says it will recruit more than 4,000 store-level positions this year to support this increase.
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.
“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.”
Lidl increased entry-level wages from £9.30 to £9.50 per hour for workers outside of London in November last year.
For those working within the M25, workers' pay packets increased from £10.75 to £10.85 per hour.
It meant that over 20,000 Lidl employees benefited from the boost.
It comes as new research confirmed Lidl beat Aldi as cheapest supermarket 2020 based on trolley of 45 products.
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