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Sainsbury's to pay store staff above government's Living Wage

Sainsbury’s has increased the pay of its shop staff by 4% to take their hourly rate above the government's new National Living Wage.

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Sainsbury's to pay store staff above government's Living Wage

Sainsbury’s has increased the pay of its shop staff by 4% to take their hourly rate above the government's new National Living Wage.

The supermarket said 137,000 workers will see their hourly pay rise from £7.08 to £7.36 from the end of this month. Some 40,000 workers under the age 25 will also benefit from the increase.

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe said: "We're delighted to announce a four per cent pay increase for the colleagues who work in our stores. We know what a difference they make to our customers each and every day and we're totally committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide."

Last month, the Chancellor announced that the £6.50 minimum wage will be replaced by a National Living Wage.

From April next year, working people aged over 25 will be entitled to a wage of £7.20 an hour with the rate rising to £9 an hour by 2020.

Sainsbury’s said the 4% rise was the highest increase paid to store staff in more than a decade.

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