If you work for Sainsbury's you could soon be getting a pay rise.

That is because the supermarket giant is planning to increase its basic rate of pay by £1.20 an hour to £9.20, and £9.80 in London.

A new contract is being introduced for all 130,000 staff, which the company said will ensure "consistency and fairness" across all its stores, regardless of age or length of service.

Sainsbury's retail and operations director Simon Roberts said: "The retail sector has never been more competitive and we know that our customers really value our colleagues and the excellent service they provide in our shops.

"Which is why we think it is so important to invest further in our colleagues so they feel rewarded and motivated to do the best possible job for our customers every day.

"We expect the best from our teams and that's why we're committing to a leading rate of pay. Great pay for great work.

"Together with our recent proposals to change our management structure in stores, we believe the proposed changes will set us up to run the best shops in the industry, delivering the best possible service for our customers."

The national living wage is £7.50 an hour for over 25-year-olds, while the voluntary "real" figure is £8.75, and £10.20 in London.

Consultations with staff have started and the new pay rate is planned to start in September.