Waitrose staff to get up to £200 extra for working during coronavirus – The Sun

WAITROSE and John Lewis staff will be paid up to £200 extra for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

The John Lewis Partnership is offering all frontline staff at the department store and Waitrose supermarkets who work during April and May an extra £25 per week.

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The discount at Waitrose for all employees across both shops has also been increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

It'll then remain at 20 per cent after the pandemic has peaked, the company said.

These new rewards follow a 2 per cent bonus that was handed to all staff last month.

John Lewis and Waitrose were forced to slash the annual staff bonus to the lowest level in almost 70 years after a dive in profits.

John Lewis closed its high-street shops a few weeks ago, but it's still operating online.


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The John Lewis Partnership has roughly 80,000 employees across the UK.

Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said staff "have made significant sacrifices to ensure that we are able to continue to serve and support our customers".

He added: "The measures that we have announced today are in recognition of their hard work and commitment and are part of a wider package of support available to help partners during this extraordinary time."

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March, according to figures released earlier this week.

Grocery sales rose by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks, and 7.6 per cent in the last 12 weeks.

To say thanks for their hard work, supermarkets are passing on profits to employees, with Morrisons increasing its staff bonus from £350 to £1,050.

The bonus will be paid to full time employees, including those who have been sick or are self-isolating, and new hires who have been taken on to deal with the extraordinary demand.

Ocado has said that staff will be given a 10 per cent bonus on all hours they work from March 23 "while the crisis continues".

Aldi, Sainsbury's and Tesco have also all echoed the 10 per cent pledge and Asda has promised an extra week's pay in June.

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