Lidl to create 1,200 warehouse jobs

Lidl is set to create almost 1,200 warehouse jobs by the end of 2025.

The discount retailer has started recruiting for its 1.2 million sq ft Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Luton, which is set to be the company’s largest in the UK and worldwide.

The news comes after Lidl created 13 new UK stores in February, in locations such as Hounslow, Burton-Upon-Trent, and Blairgowrie, which collectively created approximately 520 new jobs.

When fully operational, the new RDC will service more than 150 stores in London and the surrounding counties.

Lidl said it will be looking to fill a wide range of roles over the course of the next year, from warehouse operatives and operations managers to support roles in HR and payroll.

In addition, the Luton warehouse will be the first Lidl distribution centre to feature automation.

The automated storage tower will be seventeen stories high – compared to five stories in a typical Lidl warehouse.

The discounter said the RDC expansion forms part of the discounter’s £1.3 billion investment in Great Britain in 2021 and 2022 and will support Lidl’s commitment to opening 1,100 stores across the country by the end of 2025.

The new jobs are in addition to the 4,000 store roles that the discounter said it will create throughout 2022 and 2023.

“This new distribution centre - the largest in any Lidl market globally - signifies our continued commitment to expansion across Great Britain and the creation of local jobs,” said Ryan McDonnell, chief executive at Lidl GB. “At a time when many households are struggling, we are more focused than ever on giving more communities access to our unrivalled quality-value combination, whilst taking care of our own colleagues by paying them wages that are higher than the cost of living.”

He added: “Our competitive pay and benefits is already helping to attract new colleagues, and we’re looking forward to welcoming 1,200 new people to our workforce soon.”

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