Staff at a well-known bargain retailer could receive two-weeks pay and Boxing Day off for working tirelessly through the pandemic.
Home Bargains has announced the touching gestures in a bid to give staff a financial and morale boost this festive season.
The retailer – which has stores in Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire – said that despite Boxing Day being one of the biggest shopping days of the year they want their staff to ‘enjoy it with their loved ones’.
The company has also confirmed that stores will close at the earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve – so workers can be home in time for the holidays.
In addition to the time off, many members of staff will also see two weeks’ extra salary hit their bank accounts in November, just in time for Christmas.
In April 2020, Home Bargains announced that any team member required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 would receive up to two week’s pay.
Now, the retailer wants to ensure all employees receive that pay, regardless of whether they have been required to self-isolate or not.
This means that any member of staff employed before March 22, who has not needed to self-isolate over the last seven months, will now receive the extra pay in November.
They hope the gesture will allow thousands of staff at Home Bargains the opportunity of a salary boost ahead of Christmas when it is needed most.
The news follows a series of goodwill gestures from Home Bargains in 2020, including turning down the Government’s furlough payments in April.
A 10 per cent pay increase for store staff was also implemented to thank employees for their hard work during the UK-wide lockdown.
A spokesman for Home Bargains said: “We want to recognise how hard our staff have worked throughout some very challenging times and allow them to relax and truly enjoy the break safely with their loved ones.
“Home Bargains is a family-run business, and we know the importance of being together at Christmas time, now more than ever.
“Our staff work tirelessly to keep all our stores running smoothly no matter what and this is our way of saying thank you to all of our staff for their hard work and commitment.”