Lidl hikes pay for third time in 12 months

Lidl will increase hourly pay rates for around 24,500 employees for the third time in 12 months.

Employees working outside the M25 will see pay increase from £11.00 to £11.40, rising to £12.30 depending on the length of service. For employees working inside the M25, pay will rise to £12.85 from £11.95 and up to £13.15 for longer serving staff.

Lidl claims that this increase means it its entry level pay is 16 per cent higher than other supermarkets.

The pay increase will come into effect from September and follows the introduction of other benefits including life assurance and optional health insurance.

Lidl said the move represents an overall investment of £8 million and equates to a combined investment of over £60 million into employee pay over 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.”

Earlier this year Aldi said it would give a pay rise to over 28,000 employees working in its stores from 1 July 2023, while Tesco is increasing pay by seven per cent.

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