Lidl has announced that it will be increasing the wages of more than 17,000 of its employees in the new year, representing an investment of £8m.
This marks the fourth year that Lidl has increased the pay of its hourly paid employees, to match the rates calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, which equates to an increase of almost 25% outside of London and 30% within the M25, since 2015.
As part of the supermarket’s ongoing commitment to supporting its employees inside and outside of the workplace, Lidl will be increasing entry-level pay from £8.75 to £9.00 per hour outside of London and £10.20 to £10.55 within the M25.
The move, which will come into effect from 1st March 2019, means that Lidl employees will benefit from pay that is almost 10% higher than the Government’s ‘National Living Wage’,announced in the latest Budget.
Christian Härtnagel, Lidl UK CEO said: “Lidl is an incredibly exciting business to be a part of right now, with sales continuing to climb and new stores opening every week. Our employees are amongst the most talented and hard working in the industry, and we are committed to supporting them both inside and outside of the workplace.
“With our newest warehouse opening this week in Avonmouth (see pic), and a further five set to open in the coming years, along with our pipeline of new stores, we look forward to welcoming more people into the Lidl team.”
In 2017, Lidl welcomed 2,500new employees to its workforce and continues to employ more people across the UK with every new store and warehouse that it opens. The supermarket is set to open more than 50 new store in the coming year, along with five new regional distribution centres by 2025, and is actively recruiting for hundreds of store and warehouse roles across the country.