Tesco staff to receive pay rise
Tesco staff are set to receive a pay rise to £10.10 an hour, the supermarket giant has confirmed.
Tesco, the UK’s biggest private employer said warehouse and store workers’ hourly wages will increase by 55p, up from £9.55.
From May, Tesco delivery drivers and click and collect assistants will see their wages increase by 90p to £11 an hour.
According to Union Usdaw, the pay increase was “testament” to the exceptional work staff had displayed during a “difficult time”
Tesco will join Lidl as the highest-paying supermarket once their change to staff wages is introduced from 24 July to £10.10 an hour.
Jason Tarry, chief executive officer of Tesco UK & ROI said the pay rise for his employees was “well-deserved” whilst also suggesting staff will have access to extra hours.
“These investments in our colleagues are central to making Tesco what we truly want it to: a great place to work for all, a place that attracts and retains the best talent in the industry, he added.
The BBC have said London based workers will obtain a further 68p on top of the additional pay rise, bringing their total to £10.78 an hour.
In conjunction with the wage increase, Tesco is set to increase their clubcard discount allowance for staff by £500. The new annual total allowance will now stand at £1,500 with immediate effect.
The announcement follows the increased pressure people are subject to amid the rising cost of living, with food and energy bills causing “soul destroying” heartache.
During an interview with Robert Hand, a disabled man from Nottingham, he said he could not afford to charge his mobility scooter.
He told the BBC that he was “scraping by” on disability benefits.
“Unfortunately I think it’s going to get worse. I think there’s going to be another price rise in six months’ time and I’m really not sure what people are going to do”, he added.
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