Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Morrisons first major UK supermarket to pay £10 an hour

Morrisons has become the first major supermarket to pay staff at least £10 an hour.

The new pay deal will start in April and will mean a significant pay increase for nearly 96,000 Morrisons colleagues.

Morrisons minimum hourly pay currently stands at £9.20 an hour. For the majority of colleagues the pay increase is approximately 9%.

In addition to the hourly pay increase, Morrisons will pay a London weighting.

Since 2015, Morrisons pay has increased by over 46%.

Three quarters of the costs of the increase will be met by direct payroll investment and a quarter by changing the discretionary annual colleague bonus scheme.

According to the Bradford-headquartered supermarket, employees said they would prefer to have a guaranteed amount in their hourly rate and receive it more regularly. So, the annual budget for the discretionary bonus scheme is being rolled into colleagues’ hourly rate, which is paid every four weeks.

David Potts, Morrisons CEO, said: “It’s great to be able to say that in the UK from April this year, if you work at Morrisons supermarkets, you will earn at least £10 an hour.

“It’s a symbolic and important milestone that represents another step in rewarding the incredibly important work that our colleagues do up and down the country.

“Over the last year we have seen renewed and widespread appreciation in the UK for our colleagues who have had an incredibly tough 2020, working tirelessly so Britain could eat well and shop safely throughout the pandemic.

“Morrisons colleagues have earned their status as key workers, and this pay increase, many times over.”

The pay deal announced today is subject to a ballot opening on 27 January 2021.

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