June 10, 2019 / 2:19 PM / a month ago

Britain's Tesco to raise store staff wages by 10.45% over two years

FILE PHOTO: A Tesco supermarket is seen, in west London on September 30, 2008. . REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, said on Monday it will implement a 10.45% pay rise for store and distribution centre staff by October 2020, though they will lose an annual bonus.

The group, which with a staff of 300,000 is also Britain’s largest private sector employer, said hourly-paid store and Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) staff will see their hourly rate increase to 9.30 pounds.

Tesco said the increase will be implemented in two stages - from September. 1 this year pay will increase by 6.9% to 9.00 pounds then on Oct. 4 2020 pay will increase again by 3.3% to 9.30 pounds.

The group said it had agreed with union Usdaw that it will replace a staff bonus - the Colleague Bonus Plan - permanently with the higher hourly rate.

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Costas Pitas

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