M&S will give staff free meals and shopping vouchers to help ease cost of living 

M&S will give staff free meals and shopping vouchers to help ease cost of living

  • M&S hourly pay rates will rise this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff 
  • Retailer will expand its free food policy to distribution centre in Leicestershire
  • Chief executive says the firm ‘wants to do what it can to help ease the strain’

Marks and Spencer has launched a £15million cost of living support package for thousands of staff, including free meals and sanitary products.

The scheme includes a second pay rise this year with hourly rates rising this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff. 

A full-time customer assistant will now earn over £100 more each month than in October 2021. 

M&S will also provide 4,500 salaried staff with a one-off £250 M&S voucher.

The scheme includes a second pay rise this year with hourly rates rising this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff

The scheme includes a second pay rise this year with hourly rates rising this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff

And the retailer will expand its free food policy, which already applies to store staff, to its distribution centre in Castle Donington, Leicestershire.

Chief executive Stuart Machin said the firm ‘wants to do what it can to help ease the strain’.

He said: ‘Everyone across the country is feeling the pressure of rising costs. We want to do what can to help ease some of that strain; that’s why we have invested in price to deliver better value for our customers and, why we are investing in our colleague base pay for the second time this year.’

John Lewis Partnership has a similar programme, including a one-off £500 payment to staff and free food, while other retailers are also taking action.

The scheme includes a second pay rise this year with hourly rates rising this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff

The scheme includes a second pay rise this year with hourly rates rising this autumn to at least £10.20 for 40,000 staff

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