Lidl to become UK’s highest-paying supermarket by raising minimum wages to £10.10
The budget supermarket retailer said pay increases will be "depending on length of service" of staff members.
Lidl is set to become the UK’s highest-paying supermarket as it increases the minimum wages of shop floor staff to over £10 an hour.
After Morrisons became the first UK supermarket to pay at least £10 an hour earlier this year, budget supermarket retailer Lidl has announced that entry-level wages will rise from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside London, and from £10.85 to £11.30 in the capital from March next year.
Longer-serving staff will see their pay rates rise even higher, to £11.40 and £12.25 outside and inside London respectively.
Lidl said pay increases will be “depending on length of service” of staff members.
The supermarket claims that the pay increase means it will become the highest-paying supermarket in the country, and added that the increase recognised “the hard work and dedication of frontline colleagues during the last 18 months of the pandemic”.
The announcement represents a pay rise of more than 6% for some of the 21,000 Lidl staff members up and down the country.
The supermarket’s bosses said the extra £18 million spend by the business on the new wages equates to £50 million invested in hourly wage increases over the past five years, and it follows what was a £200 bonus to all frontline its workers this year.
This was alongside £150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic too.
Nan Gibson – Chief HR Officer at Lidl GB – said the new pay rise is intended to retain existing staff “as far as possible”, but also to attract new workers.
In June, Lidl also announced a £1.3 billion expansion project.
The retailer pledged to reach 1,000 stores in the UK by 2023 – including opening 50 new branches over the next two months – and create at least 2,000 extra jobs.
Christian Härtnagel – Chief Executive at Lidl GB – added: “We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that, we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business.”
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