Supermarket chain Lidl GB has awarded all of its 24,500 hourly paid employees a third pay increase in 12 months.
Store and warehouse staff working outside the M25 had their pay increased to £11.40 from £11, rising to £12.30 depending on length of service. Meanwhile, pay for those inside the M25 was increased to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.
The latest pay rise, which take effect from September, will see workers earn up to 16% more than hourly paid staff at other supermarkets as part of an £8 million investment. It equates to a combined investment of £60 million into pay in the past year.
Ryan McDonnell, chief executive officer 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.”
Stephanie Rogers, chief human resources officer at Lidl GB, added: “Back in 2015, Lidl GB became the first supermarket to pay the voluntary living wage. This marked a fundamental change within the industry and continues to set the bar for other supermarkets.
“Over the last seven years, we’ve continued to uphold our commitment to ensuring that those working at Lidl GB receive a pay rate that not only recognises their hard work, but also aligns with rising living costs. I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organisation that puts its people first.”
Lidl GB offers staff a benefits package that includes life assurance, optional health and dental insurance schemes, enhanced holiday entitlement, ongoing development opportunities and 10% discount in stores. It is looking to recruit more than 1,500 warehouse staff across its regional distribution centre network and will open its biggest warehouse globally open in Luton this year.