John Lewis Partnership is to invest £116m in higher staff pay, Retail Week can reveal.

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The partnership, which owns grocer Waitrose as well as the eponymous department stores, is expected to confirm the record pay budget when it posts results next week. 

The increase − effective from next month − will result in minimum rates of pay going up by approximately 10%, taking the minimum to £11.55 per hour nationwide other than in London where it will be £12.89.

John Lewis’ pay initiative is the latest big wage increase awarded to frontline staff by top retailers this week. Tesco unveiled its “biggest ever single investment” of £300m in pay, while electricals group Currys said it would pump an additional £13m into pay.

The increases come as people continue to feel the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis and as retailers seek to attract and retain the best staff.

John Lewis will post annual results on March 14, after what has been a difficult year.

The business has endured tough trading and is in the midst of a turnaround programme spearheaded by chair Dame Sharon White who will not seek a second term in the role after a sometimes controversial tenure.

It is thought that over the next five years, the group is likely to cut as many as 11,000 roles and it has slashed redundancy pay.