The supermarket chain earned 17% more than the previous year despite the health crisis and added 5,000 new permanent jobs to its workforce, with salaries of up to 1,811 euros gross per month.
There is no doubt that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, even for Mercadona, which has once again overcome itself as a company. This has been confirmed by the president of the Valencian supermarket chain, Joan Roig, at the annual press conference held on Tuesday.
However, the macroeconomic data obtained by Mercadona in 2020, in the midst of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, show the opposite. The company earned 727 million euros last year, 5.5% more than in 2019, after sharing part of its total profit with workers in terms of bonuses.
Mercadona: 5,000 new jobs and salaries of up to 1,811 gross euros per month
The Valencian food chain does not stop growing and neither does its consolidated team of professionals. Joan Roig has just announced that Mercadona created 5,000 new permanent jobs in 2020, that is, 16 jobs a day, reaching a workforce of 95,000 people with stable employment in Spain.
In addition, up to 19,210 Mercadona employees obtained an 11% salary increase in compensation policy for the work carried out in the midst of the crisis caused by COVID-19.
In fact, employees with a seniority of more than four years within the company reached 1,811 euros gross monthly salary, which is 63% more than the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI).
In addition, another of the great pioneering achievements in the retail sector, also led by Mercadona, corresponds to the adaptation of the store staff’s working hours to 5 days, with 2 days off and 140 days off per year.
Mercadona and the uncertainty of meeting its greatest challenges
“In 2021 there are many uncertainties, but there is more desire.” This is how resounding Juan Roig has been during this public appearance organized annually to present the balance sheets obtained by his company.
Even so, the President of Mercadona has announced that he is very satisfied with the evolution of his supermarkets in Portugal. In fact, from the muscle of its total turnover, 186 million euros correspond to its stores located in Portugal.
In addition, Mercadona’s main shareholder has focused on highlighting the great efforts that his entire team is making to continue expanding supermarkets in the neighboring country over the next few months.
Mercadona no longer loses money with its website
Until a few months ago, Mercadona’s website was not at the forefront of technology. In fact, until the beginning of last year, for every order that customers made through the obsolete platform, the Valencian food chain lost money.
However, in April, a month after the first State of Alarm was decreed in Spain, the transformation of Mercadona’s website allowed the opening of a new online store in Madrid, thus adding to the service in Valencia and Barcelona.
In fact, to facilitate the work of ‘bosses’, Mercadona launched a mobile application for IOS and Android.
Mercadona and its commitment to recycling
Another of Mercadona’s challenges continues to be caring for the planet. An initiative that was launched last year and that is already beginning to see its fruits on Mercadona’s shelves, where you can find numerous products whose containers are made of reused plastic.
On the other hand, Joan Roig has announced that he is currently in a tireless search for new suppliers to add to his list of 14,000 suppliers, characterized in his own words by a unique and transparent relationship model.
Mercadona and its equality policies
Regarding the salary register approved by the Government this April and that obliges companies to publish the salaries of their employees, Joan Roig has affirmed that Mercadona has had an Equality Plan for years, called ‘the same responsibility, the same salary ‘.