Hundreds of shop workers across Northamptonshire are celebrating a bumper bonus in their pay packets today.
All John Lewis and Waitrose staff have been awarded bonuses totalling 17 per cent of their salaries today.
Staff at Waitrose in Kingsthorpe, Daventry, Brackley, Towcester and Rushden were told about the sums earlier today, as were employees at the John Lewis depot in Brackmills.
Retail department manager at the Kingsthorpe store, Emily Goss, said: “Everyone is really pleased. We did a guess what the bonus was and I guessed it correctly.
“Some people were really surprised by the figure and it was more than they expected. Everyone is in a really good mood and there’s a really good feel about the branch.”
She added: “It’s been a particularly challenging year with the roadworks to contend with and the senior management team has changed in the last six months. The whole team’s hard work has paid off.”
She said staff had already been talking about what to spend their bonueses on, and added: “The increase in percentage is the difference between a holiday in Skegness and going abroad for a lot of people.”
John Lewis Partnership, which is owned by its 84,700 employees, cut its staff bonus from 18 per cent to 14 per cent last year after it suffered a four per cent fall in profits to £353.8 million.
John Lewis recently hailed its website as a key reason for its success, with johnlewis.com breaking through the £800 million barrier over the Christmas trading period in the five weeks up to December 29.