Waitrose staff celebrate bumper paydayBy Becky Barnes
March 14, 2013
Jubilant supermarket employees have been celebrating after Waitrose announced a 17 per cent bonus for all staff.
Nearly 200 workers the chain’s store in Bond Way and 3,910 partners at its head office in Doncastle Road were delighted to learn they would receive the equivalent of nine weeks’ pay.
Will Durrant, assistant section manager customer services at the Bond Way store, said: “It’s a challenging climate for businesses at present so a bonus is an extremely welcome one, but for me personally it’s particularly timely as I am looking forward to getting married next month.”
This is the Bond Way team’s first bonus following a full year’s trading after the store opened in late 2011.
Linda Nelson, supermarket assistant, said: “We’re all thrilled.
“It was even better than expected and a lovely surprise – I’m now looking forward to heading off for some Mexican sunshine.”
The John Lewis Partnership’s financial highlights included gross sales up 9.3 per cent with Waitrose achieving gross sales up 6.7 per cent and an operating profit of 12.2 per cent.
Charlie Mayfield, partnership chairman, said: “In recent years, the partnership has consciously invested to have the right skills, systems and organisational structures to be able to offer customers what they want in a fast-changing market.”