Tesco Workers Set For £30m Shares Windfall

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Tesco Workers Set For £30m Shares Windfall

More than 20,000 Tesco employees will share a windfall profit of more than £30 million (€35.4 million) from maturing stock schemes, Britain's biggest supermarket group has said.

The retailer said the employees, who mostly work in stores and distribution centres, have benefited from strong growth in Tesco's share price, which has risen by 23% over the past year.

Economic think tanks have historically described Britain as a laggard in the area of minimum employee benefits. But a tight labour market after Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted companies to raise their game.

Tesco, which is also Britain's largest private sector employer, increased store workers' pay by 9.1% in March.

The company said that workers who joined its share savings schemes are able to buy shares at a discounted price of £1.88 or £1.98 each and either keep them for the longer term or sell them.


Profit From Shares

Workers who invested the maximum £500 (€589.96) a month stand to make a profit of almost £10,000 (€11,799) from the three-year scheme, and nearly £20,000 (€23,598) from the five-year scheme if they opt to sell the shares.

A Tesco worker who invested the average £68  (€80.23) a month for the past five years stands to make about £6,640 from (€7,835) their £4,080 (€4,814) investment for a profit of £2,560 (€3,021).

Tesco shares were trading at 306 pence on Wednesday (3 July).

The company said that about 52,000 of its 300,000 UK workers take part in save-as-you-earn schemes.


In April, Tesco reported a 11% jump in full-year profit and last month it said its market share was growing more than at any other time in the past two years as it reiterated its outlook for profit growth this year.

Chief executive Ken Murphy's pay package for the company's 2023/24 financial year amounted to nearly £10 million (€11.8 million).

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