Staff are thanked for working hard

OVERJOYED John Lewis partners at Knight and Lee celebrate their annual bonus.  Picture: Steve Reid (120817-151)
OVERJOYED John Lewis partners at Knight and Lee celebrate their annual bonus. Picture: Steve Reid (120817-151)
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JOHN Lewis staff have been handed a 14 per cent salary bonus to say thank you for their hard work over the year.

The announcement was made yesterday, at the same time as the John Lewis Partnership announced its annual results.

Across the partnership, which includes the supermarket Waitrose as well as department stores, sales were up 6.4 per cent to £8.73bn but operating profit was down 8.7 per cent to £393.3m.

The bonus is four per cent down on last year’s high of 18 per cent, which reflected the partnership’s record year of trading.

Staff, however, are still more than happy with the bonus.

John Smith, head of the Knight & Lee Southsea branch, which is owned by John Lewis, said: ‘In a difficult year’s trading both locally and nationally everyone’s performance has justified this reward. It’s been a lot of hard work.’

Jackie Mason, 54, who’s been at Knight & Lee for more than 25 years, will be using her bonus for a long travel break.

She said: ‘It means I can add another couple more holidays, which I’m looking forward to.’

Colleague Tara Stevens, 29, will be using hers to get married, with Portchester Castle as her reception venue.

‘It’s important,’ she said.

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