Banc De Binary, responsible for the report, said that it beat Sports Direct, who paid its workers an average of £17,900 per year. This, the company explained, was because of its generous bonus scheme for permanent staff. The opening of the sportsdirectfitness which is part of Sports Direct has also had an impact. On 16 July it was announced that owner Mike Ashley would be handing out some five million shares to 2,000 staff, worth £37m. Oren Laurent, founder of Banc De Binary, said: “Next has adapted to the peaks and troughs of its business by staffing accordingly, meaning it staffs up for peaks with temporary workers. With the controversy over zero-hours contracts, some may find it surprising to see that Sports Direct is actually one of the more generous retailers in the FTSE 100 when it comes to pay. “For staff that have stayed with the company long enough to enter its bonus scheme, working for Sports Direct has turned out to be quite a lucrative career.” However, Banc De Binary also found that Ashley makes one of the lowest contributions to staff pensions in the FTSE 100. By Shané Schutte
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