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Morrisons pay to break £10 an hour barrier

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Supermarket Morrisons says all its employees will be paid at least £10 an hour from April 2021.

Morrisons will be the first major UK supermarket to reach the key pay milestone, with a pay rate of at least £10 an hour guaranteed for all workers who have passed their probation period.

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

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

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’.

Morrisons said it had listened to its employees who 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 hourly rates, 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.”

Joanne McGuinness, national officer at the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, said: “The new consolidated hourly rate is now the leading rate of the major supermarkets, which is paid every hour and removes the uncertainty of a bonus payment. It is a big step forward, shows that Morrisons is prepared to invest in the staff to help grow the business and I hope that the deal is supported by our members in the ballot.

“It’s been a tough time for food retail staff who have worked throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances. They provide the essential service of keeping the nation fed and deserve our support, respect and appreciation. Most of all they deserve decent pay and this offer is a welcome boost.”

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

In addition to the hourly pay increase, Morrisons will pay a London weighting. Rates for inner London will be 85p and for outer London 60p per hour. These rates are up from 75p for inner London and 50p for outer London.