As supermarkets are currently pretty much the only shops we can go to, you may be wondering what they pay their workers.
And as some workers in other industries have been furloughed or made redundant due to the coronavirus lockdown, supermarkets have been taking on more staff, including increasing their numbers of delivery drivers.
Quite rightly, supermarket employees are classed as key workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This means that, even when non-essential workplaces were ordered to close last year if they couldn’t get their employees to work from home, supermarket workers could continue to go into work.
Going to get essentials such as food and household items at the shops is one of the few reasons we can currently leave home and saying hello to the person at the checkout is, for many of us, the only time we have face-to-face contact with someone we don’t live with.
Many have continued to take on staff thoughout the pandemic to meet demand, and with stores across Coventry and Warwickshire there could be opportunities to be had.
HullLive has taken a look at what the country’s biggest supermarkets pay their staff which could be helpful if you’re thinking of applying for roles with any of them,
There’s a number of stores in Coventry, including two of the larger Tesco Extras – one in Phoenix Way and one at Cross Point Business Park – two Tesco Superstores and even more of the smaller Tesco Express outlets.
The firm currently pays staff an hourly rate of £9.30.
This new rate of pay came into force in October last year and represented a rise of 3.3 per cent.
The pay deal was developed in partnership with workers’ union Usdaw and elected colleague representatives.
The retailer said it focused on what its colleagues have said is most important to them – a guaranteed and higher basic hourly rate.
Asda never employ anyone on a « zero hours contract » and pays people above the National Living Wage.
Staff working in Asda get £9.18 outside London and either £9.76 or £10.31 in the capital.
Asda staff also get a colleague discount in stores and online, special discounts for shops and a yearly performance-based bonus.
There are Asda stores at Abbey Park, Daventry Road and Jubilee Crescent in Coventry.
Aldi was praised after it unveiled plans to give 30,000 staff members a pay rise.
The German supermarket is also set to employ 4,000 more staff and is planning to create more stores across the UK. It is set to increase staff pay to £9.55 from £9.40.
The pay rise comes in a bid to thank its staff for their « outstanding » work during the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing health crisis.
In London, pay will rise to at least £11.07 an hour, up from £10.90.
Aldi is also hoping to extend its portfolio of shops to 1,200 from its current existing 900 UK stores by 2025 – and, as such, is committed to drafting in another 4,000 staff members.
The supermarket also paid staff a Christmas bonus of 10% to thank them for their hard work.
There are Aldi stores in Coventry at Shultern Lane, Radfod Road, the Gallagher Retail Park, Hinkley Road, Airport Retail Park and Mill Street.
Morrisons will become the first UK supermarket to pay at least £10 an hour from April.
It will increase its minimum pay for up to 96,000 workers from £9.20.
Retail trade union Usdaw negotiated the £10 per hour basic rate which is 50p an hour above the voluntary Living Wage Foundation rate.
Morrisons said for the majority of its workers the pay increase will be approximately nine per cent.
In addition to the hourly pay increase, Morrisons will pay a higher London weighting.
Rates for inner London will be 85p and for outer London 60p per hour, up from 75p and 50p respectively.
There are Morrisons stores in Coventry at the Alvis Retail Park, on Parkgate Road, Skipworth Road and a Morrisons Daily in Foleshill.
Coventry has three Lidl stores: in Binley Road, John Wigley Way and Brandon Road.
The firm is set to pay all 23,000 staff members a £200 « thank you » payment as a reward for their efforts during the coronavirus crisis.
All frontline staff will get the payment, including customer assistants and warehouse operatives to cleaners across more than 800 stores and 13 distribution centres.
Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: “Everyone in the food retail sector has been in the privileged position of being able to continue operating throughout this pandemic.
« However, it has been an extremely challenging period and our teams have done a phenomenal job in helping to keep the nation fed.
« I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment our colleagues have shown and continue to show and this payment is about recognising their unrelenting hard work and thanking each individual for the important part they’ve played in the year like no other.”
Lidl has also said it will increase the wages of all colleagues on hourly rates from March 2021.
The new rates see entry-level wages rise to between £9.30 and £9.50 an hour outside the M25 and £10.75 and £10.85 within the M25.
Sainsbury’s basic hourly pay is £9.30, and a statement to the BBC made no mention of any immediate intention to raise the rate.
A spokesperson said: « Our colleagues do a brilliant job and we are so proud of how they continue to go above and beyond for our customers.
« We have made two thank you payments to frontline workers in recognition of this in the last year and regularly review colleague pay to make sure we offer leading rates. »
In Coventry there are Sainsbury’s stores in Fletchampstead Way, Trinity Street and Austin Drive as well as a number of the smaller Sainsbury’s Local outlets.
Iceland, which has two stores in Coventry, one in the city centre and one in Binley Road, pays its retail assistants an hourly wage of £8.72, or £9.59 within the M25.
However bosses say there’s always scope to progress with senior supervisor roles starting at £22,742 a year (£24,728 within the M25), and assistant managers being paid £25,344 a year (£27,846 within the M25).
Waitrose staff who are not in management roles can expect to start on £9.10 an hour, following a short induction period, with scope for higher pay according to performance.
The nearest Waitrose stores to Coventry are at Corley services on the M6 and in Kenilworth.
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