Supermarket employees working through the Covid-19 pandemic are being handed bonuses because their work puts them at risk of catching coronavirus.
Unlike many people still working through lockdown, supermarket workers obviously cannot work from home, so the supermarkets are reimbursing employees with a range of different bonus schemes to thank them for their hard work.
Sainsbury’s retail and operations director Simon Roberts was one of the bosses who took the time to praise his staff, reports DerbyshireLive.
He said: “Our store, depot and customer service colleagues are working around the clock at the moment, doing their very best to keep food on the shelves and serve our customers as well as they possibly can.
“Their dedication and commitment has been extraordinary and appreciated by so many of our customers.”
This is what the supermarkets are doing….
Morrisons is tripling the annual bonus it pays to staff in light of the coronavirus outbreak, which will be paid quarterly.
This means full time workers will receive a bonus of £1,050 compared to last year’s £350. The increased bonus applies to permanent and temporary staff, as well as those who are off sick or self-isolating.
Central England Co-op
Shop workers are receiving an extra week’s pay in June. To qualify, employees must have worked for 75% of the 12 weeks between February 23 and May 16.
Unlike other supermarkets, Lidl is giving all of its workers a £150 voucher to spend in-store, which can be used with an employee discount. It is also paying self-isolating staff full pay while they are unable to work.
Like Sainsbury’s, staff at Tesco are being awarded a 10% bonus on their hourly wage.
The scheme has recently been extended to cover hours worked up to May 30.
Slowly but surely, some eateries across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been re-opening – albeit with new social distancing guidelines firmly in place.
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For the month of June staff at Asda will receive an extra week’s pay.
The supermarket is also providing full pay for workers who have time off due to coronavirus, including staff who have been forced to self-isolate for 12 weeks.
Marks & Spencer
Staff working at Marks & Spencer food halls are being paid an extra 15% on top of their normal wages.
Any colleague that needs to self-isolate for 14 days will also receive full pay.
Those working for Aldi are being paid an extra 10% on top of their wages, which is backdated to March 9.
The bonus applies to in-store workers and those that work in the supermarket’s warehouses.