Morrisons due to give around 96,000 workers a 9% pay rise to £10 an hour

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Supermarket giant Morrisons is set to become the first UK store to guarantee pay of at least £10 an hour.

The new deal is set to start in April which will promise a significant pay increase for nearly 96,000 staff members.

This increase is nearly 9% for the majority of colleagues with Morrisons minimum hourly pay currently at £9.20 an hour.

It will also pay a London weighting to the hourly pay increase meaning rates for inside the capital will be 85p per hour.

Morrisons in outer London is set to give 60p per hour when the changes come into force in a few months.

The pay increase also marks a historic time as Morrisons becomes the first UK supermarket to pay staff at least £10 an hour.

Morrisons worker in store

The pay increase is set to rise by 9%

CEO David Potts 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.

"Morrisons colleagues have earned their status as key workers, and this pay increase, many times over."

Meanwhile, Morrisons isn't the first supermarket to give its workers a pay boost.

A Morrisons worker helping a customer

The new deal is set to start in a few months

Last November, Lidl increased its entry-level wages from £9.30 to £9.50 per hour for workers outside of London.

For those working within the M25, workers' pay packets were also increased from £10.75 to £10.85 per hour.

This meant around 20,000 Lidl employees benefitted from the pay rise.

It comes after a quarter of a million people were given a pay rise in November thanks to the "Real Living Wage".

The voluntary real living wage, which is paid by more than 800 UK employers, was increased a couple of months ago.

That means workers now get an extra 20p per hour – bringing the hourly salary to £9.50

In London, it had risen by 10p to £10.85 per hour.

The Living Wage are the only rates independently calculated based on what people need to live on.

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