Wickes is bringing forward its annual pay review to support staff during the cost-of-living crisis.


The pay rise for Wickes staff is the second this year

The home improvement retailer is to give all hourly paid workers a 9.7% increase in line with the national minimum wage from January 1, 2023, rather than April.

The second pay rise this year, non-hourly staff will also get a salary boost of 5% from the beginning of next year.

The rise represents an additional £3.5m investment by Wickes into salaries for 2023.

Wickes chief executive David Wood said: “During these difficult times we want to provide meaningful support to our colleagues, which is why we’ve taken the decision to invest £3.5m in salaries by bringing forward everyone’s pay increase from April to January, helping at the time of year when finances feel the pinch the most.”

Last week Retail Week revealed that Wickes was to embark on a new “disciplined” store-opening programme to address white space within its store footprint and conurbations where it feels it lacks a presence.

The business unveiled plans to open four to five new stores a year for the next six years, taking its total from 230 to 260.