From March 6, 2021, the base hourly wage for all employees of Sainsbury’s and Argos stores will increase by 5.3% from £ 9.50 to £ 10 an hour minimum across the UK. Hourly wages for staff in central London stores will drop from £ 10.10 to £ 11.05 for employees, and from £ 9.75 to £ 10.50 in the London suburbs.
The supermarket chain is also increasing additional payment rates for drivers. Online grocery drivers will now receive £ 11.50 per hour, with a base rate of £ 10 per hour plus an additional £ 1.50 per hour. Argos Fast Track Delivery drivers will receive £ 11 per hour based on a base rate of £ 10 per hour plus an additional £ 1 of 75 pence.
As part of their rewards package, all colleagues at Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat get a 10% discount on their purchases across all three brands. At certain times of the year the Sainsbury’s Colleague Discount rises to 15%, saving a typical store colleague around £ 300 per year. This increase will now occur every payday for five days to help coworkers better plan their budgets and purchases.
Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, said: “To kick off the new year, I am delighted that one of the first things we do is invest in our colleagues and increase our base hourly rate to £ 10. We are making this important investment to show our colleagues how much we appreciate the brilliant work they do for our clients every day. It also reflects the significant progress we are making against our plan and to save money we can invest in lower prices, provide fantastic colleague service and make shopping convenient for customers.
“We have also listened to our colleagues and are improving our colleague rebate program to help them plan their grocery expenses and better manage their purchasing budgets, which could save our colleagues hundreds of dollars per year. “
Sales of the supermarket chain’s clothing brand Tu grew 33.6% year-on-year in the 28 weeks to September 18, 2021. This is a 9.1% increase from two years before the pandemic. The supermarket said Tu’s sales increased sharply and were helped by an increase in full-price sales. He attributed the rise to Tu’s online sales.