Britain's second largest supermarket group Sainsbury's said today that it will award its staff a third bonus for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Sainsbury's has 172,000 workers, making it one of Britain's biggest private sector employers. 

The third one-off payment will be made to staff working in stores, as well as logistics and customer care teams in May. 

It will be based on 3% of an employee's annual pay, so a full-time staffer would receive over £530. 

Sainsbury's also announced a pay increase for store staff. 

It said that from March the hourly rate of pay for Sainsbury's and Argos store workers would increase to £9.50 - an increase from £9.30 for a Sainsbury’s worker and £9 for an Argos worker. 

Workers in central London will see their pay rise to £10.10 an hour. 

The group said the latest rise means pay for store staff has increased by 24% over the last five years. 

Sainsbury’s said in January that after forgoing business rates relief of £410m it expected to report a year to March 2021 underlying pretax profit of "at least" £330m, down from £586m in 2019-20.