Lidl becomes UK’s top-paying supermarket by raising minimum hourly pay to £10.10

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Lidl is giving shop floor staff a pay rise, making them the highest paying supermarket in the UK.

The budget chain said entry-level wages will rise from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside London, while those in the capital will get £11.30 compared to £10.85 previously.

Longer-serving staff will see their pay rates also rise to £11.40 and £12.25 outside and inside London respectively, depending on length of service.

Workers will see the extra cash from March next year, which marks the start of the new financial year and is when the changes will come into force.

It will affect over 21,000 staff and cover 80% of its workforce across Britain, the chain said.

The supermarket claimed it means they are now the highest-paying grocer in the country, adding that this was in recognition of the hard work of staff during the pandemic.

They said the pay rise builds on other benefits such as enhanced holiday entitlement, development opportunities and a 10% staff discount. 

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.

It follows a £200 bonus to all frontline workers this year, alongside £150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic.

Nan Gibson, Chief HR Officer commented: ‘In 2015 we became the first supermarket in the UK to match the rates advocated by the Living Wage Foundation, and we are proud to have consistently increased wages every year since.

‘There is no denying how hard our people work, more so than ever during recent times, and we’re delighted to be able to give our store and distribution centre colleagues the recognition they deserve and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to our teams in the months ahead.’

Lidl said the wage increase forms part of the chain’s wider plans to invest £1.3bn in Great Britain this year and next year.

They are aiming to have 1,000 British stores by the end of 2023.

Christian Hartnagel, Lidl GB chief executive, said: ‘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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