Lidl commits £18m to boost wages

Lidl GB has announced plans for its largest ever investment into employee wages, which it says will make it the “highest paying supermarket in the UK.”

The budget supermarket said it would invest £18 million to see entry-level pay increase from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside of London and from £10.85 to £11.35 within the M25.

The retailer claims that this represents a pay rise of more than 6 per cent for some employees and will directly benefit over 21,000 of Lidl workers – or 80 per cent – in the UK.

“At Lidl, our frontline colleagues are the backbone of our business. They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 crisis and are integral to our future success,” said Christian Härtnagel, chief executive, Lidl GB. £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."

Härtnagel added: “This year we feel incredibly lucky to be in a position as a business to go even further by making this significant investment in our incredible workforce, which will make us the best paying supermarket in the UK.”

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