We're a pretty amazing business, one of the oldest established retailers - and one of the largest, but we still manage to invent, impress and deliver fresh ideas to the market. It's this unique mix of experience and inspiration that makes shopping and working here such a unique career choice. We're unlike any other retailing business. It shows in our success and profits, it shows at grass roots in our service delivery.
By harnessing the energy, creativity and talent of our people, we're looking forward to becoming the nation's first choice for everyday shopping.
We're excited about our future. If you decide to join us, you'll be working in an environment where everyone is positive and eager to make a difference. Above all, our teams are passionate about making our customers feel they aren't just in any supermarket: they're in Sainsbury's.
We want people to enjoy working at Sainsbury's, and rewarding colleagues fairly and competitively is an important part of the whole package. As well as competitive rates of pay, we offer a wide range of benefits, including an annual bonus scheme to eligible colleagues. More than 124,000 colleagues shared a bonus of around £60 million in 2011, bringing the total amount paid out over the past five years to over £350 million. The bonus scheme is based on sales and profits, as well as some of the key factors behind our success, like great service and product availability.
We offer colleagues extensive reward packages, ranging from giving all colleagues with at least six months' service a discount card to offering a Sharesave share option scheme. We also give colleagues the opportunity to take part in various salary sacrifice schemes, where they can give up part of their gross pay in exchange for non-cash benefits such as childcare vouchers and bikes to travel to work. By offering these schemes we are helping colleagues with the costs of childcare or encouraging them to get fitter and use more environmentally-friendly transport. For senior colleagues who have a company car as a benefit, we are introducing limits on the CO2 emissions of all the cars we offer.
In addition to all of this we provide a wide range of voluntary benefits, including discounts on a variety of products and services through our Extra Colleague Benefits programme.