Lidl raises pay for third time in 12 months
Lidl GB is to increase pay for the third time in 12 months for all of its 24,500 hourly-paid staff members.
Store and warehouse staff working outside the M25 will see their hourly pay rise to £11.40 from £11.00 and to £12.30 with length of service. Meanwhile, pay for those inside the M25 will increase to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.
The move represents an overall investment of £8 million for the supermarket and equates to a combined investment of over £60 million into staff pay in the past year.
Ryan McDonnell, chief executive at Lidl GB, said: “These new rates of pay will ensure that Lidl maintains its position as the UK’s highest paying supermarket. Our people are at the core of everything we do, and this investment recognises the hard work and contribution they make in serving communities across the country every day.”
The news follows Lidl’s recent announcement that it is looking to recruit over 1,500 warehouse team members to work in its regional distribution centres as part of plans to strengthen its infrastructure. The retailer will be opening its biggest warehouse globally in Luton this year and is also planning to have a new centre in Leeds which will create around 400 jobs.
Stephanie Rogers, chief human resources officer at Lidl GB, said: “Back in 2015, Lidl GB became the first supermarket to pay the voluntary Living Wage. This marked a fundamental change within the industry and continues to set the bar for other supermarkets.
“Over the last seven years, we’ve continued to uphold our commitment to ensuring that those working at Lidl GB receive a pay rate that not only recognises their hard work, but also aligns with rising living costs. I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organisation that puts its people first.”
The new pay increase is due to come into effect from September and follows the recent introduction of new colleague benefits such as life assurance and optional health and dental insurance schemes.
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