Amazon has raised its minimum wage to £10.50 in the London area and to £9.50 across all other parts of the UK for all employees, including seasonal and temporary staff, after coming under pressure from campaign groups.
Effective from 1 November, more than 17,000 Amazon employees, as well as more than 20,000 seasonal holiday employees, will benefit from the new, higher pay, the company said.
The wages are an improvement on its current minimum hourly rates of £8.20 and £8.75 across sites in London, and £8 in other parts of the UK.
“We’re excited to announce Amazon is raising our minimum wage for all full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary UK employees—effective 1 November,” said Doug Gurr, Amazon VP and UK country manager. “This will impact more than 37,000 employees across the country, resulting in higher pay for them and their families.” The company is also raising its wage in the US.
The move comes after Amazon has come under fire for its treatment of its warehouse staff. In 2016 it was reported that Amazon workers in Scotland were sleeping in tents near the company’s warehouse in Fife in order to save money.
The Living Wage Foundation recommends that workers are paid at least a ‘Real Living Wage’ of £10.20 in London, and £8.75 outside of the capital.