Staff at Aldi stores in Scotland to get a pay rise in recognition of their 'amazing' contribution
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Supermarket chain Aldi is giving all its store staff in Scotland a new year pay rise and increasing its minimum hourly rates from the beginning of next month.
The company, which has two stores in Inverness, says it is in recognition of the "amazing contribution" of its store colleagues during the corona pandemic.
All of Aldi’s 1500 Scottish store assistant colleagues will benefit from the pay rise with Aldi paying a minimum hourly rate of £9.55, up from £9.40.
The company says it is still one of the only UK supermarkets to pay for breaks taken during shifts which means staff remain the best-paid in the sector - when paid breaks are included, Aldi’s minimum hourly pay rate based on an average six-hour shift is £10.11.
The changes mean that Aldi store colleagues across Scotland will earn a minimum of £0.83 more per hour than the current National Living Wage.
Giles Hurley, chief executive for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: "I want to express my sincere thanks to every single Aldi colleague, who stepped up when it mattered and helped us succeed in our most important mission of all – feeding the nation.
"That is down to our people. 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."
The pay rise follows bonuses awarded in April and December in recognition of staff efforts throughout the pandemic.
Aldi now has over 90 stores throughout Scotland and is working towards a long-term target of 1200 stores across the UK by 2025.
Its Inshes branch is due to close for refurbishment on Sunday January 31 and it will reopen again on Thursday June 3.
Its other Inverness store is in Friars Bridge.
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