Aldi toasts record 2018 by raising U.K. workers’ pay above living wage

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Aldi’s U.K. supermarkets made a lot of money last year, a record-setting amount in fact. According to iNews, the German discount chain’s sales topped more than 12 billion Euros, or about $13.6 billion, for the first time in company history. To start 2019, it’s sharing that money with the people who helped the company make it: store employees. What a concept!

The retailer will slightly increase store wages from £8.85 to £9.10 ($10.08 to $10.37) for workers outside London, and from £10.20 to £10.55 ($11.62 to $12.02) for workers in London. The bump in wages puts pay for employees in less-expensive, non-London areas above what the Living Wage Foundation considers a “real living wage,” and above the government’s required minimum wage. The increase follows a similar pay bump last year, which Aldi announced following strong Christmas 2017 sales.

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Good on Aldi, frankly. We’re not suggesting that the company’s cashiers are suddenly rich, but iNews notes that an Aldi store manager’s base pay of £44,890 ($58,675) is more than double what a new police officer would make in a similar area. So we’re happy to stick this better-than-living-wage feather in Aldi’s cap, next to the kudos we gave the company for its wine advent calendar and super-affordable, world-class whiskey.

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