Aldi commits to paying staff the recommended living wage rate in Ireland
The new rate comes into effect on 1 February.
Aldi Ireland has announced a new minimum pay rate of €11.70 an hour, matching the Living Wage rate recommended by The Living Wage Technical Group in Ireland.
Aldi is the first supermarket chain to commit the paying staff the Living Wage Technical Group’s rate of €11.70 per hour, an increase of 20c on the 2016 figure.
The Living Wage, established in Ireland in 2014, is a wage which claims to make possible a minimum acceptable standard of living and is calculated by evidence-based budget standards research.
It is based on needs, not wants, and is based on the cost of living in Ireland, unlike the minimum wage, which currently stands at €9.25 per hour.
Store employees in Aldi outlets in Ireland are already earning up to €14 per hour and the new rate represents a 20c increase on the entry-level pay for Aldi Store Assistants, Stock Assistants and Caretakers.
Giles Hurley, Group Managing Director, Aldi Ireland, said: “Our store colleagues are the cornerstone of our business. Without their hard work and dedication day in, day out, we would be unable to provide customers with the lowest grocery prices in Ireland. We are committed to offering the best pay and benefits in the industry and will continue to do so.”