Cash bonus for Waitrose workers

Paul Rantle and Rosie Harding open the envelope at Waitrose in Rushden
Paul Rantle and Rosie Harding open the envelope at Waitrose in Rushden

Staff at Rushden’s Waitrose store are among thousands of John Lewis employees who will receive bonuses worth 17 per cent of their salary.

The John Lewis Partnership said its 84,700 employees, including staff at the Waitrose stores in Rushden, Daventry, Northampton and Market Harborough, would receive the equivalent of nearly nine weeks’ pay after increasing its total bonus pot to £210.8 million.

The bonus announcement comes after the group shrugged off tough high street conditions to report a 15.8 per cent surge in annual profits.

Each worker - from weekend check-out assistants to chairman Charlie Mayfield - receives the same percentage of salary as a bonus.

The employee-owned firm unveiled the haul after reporting pre-tax, pre-bonus profits of £409.6 million for the 12 months to January 26 and said the current year had started well, with like-for-like sales up 13.7 per cent at its department store chain.