Sainsbury’s raises staff pay again and offers free food in £25 million cost of living support package
Supermarket’s workers can get free food on shifts from October until the end of December as part of the new support package
The supermarket, which also owns the Argos brand, will spend £20 million on pay increases, giving 127,000 hourly paid staff a 25p per hour increase from next month.
It means that Sainsbury’s and Argos hourly pay will rise from £10.00 to £10.25 and from £11.05 to £11.30 per hour in London, and marks the second pay rise for staff this year.
Workers will also receive increased discounts of between 15% and 20% at Sainsbury’s and Argos in the run-up to Christmas.
When will the new pay take effect?
The new pay rates will come into effect from 16 October and will not affect the timing of the next annual pay review, which will go ahead in the new financial year.
Sainsbury’s said the latest pay increase means frontline workers will have seen a 7.9% pay rise over the year.
The pay rise will bring investment by Sainsbury’s into staff pay this year to £150 million.
Sainsbury’s CEO Simon Roberts said: “Every day, I am hearing from colleagues who are really feeling the pressures of the rising cost of living.
“That’s why we are doing everything we can to help our colleagues as they face rising bills and living costs this autumn by investing £25 million into a package of support, including an early pay increase.
“This is the first time we have given two pay rises in the same year.”
The company aded: “The free food will ensure that colleagues can have something to eat while they are at work and the longer and deeper discounts will help colleagues plan and manage their budgets through the autumn and in the run up to Christmas.”