Published On: Wed, May 24th, 2023
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Lidl GB has announced a pay rise which will see colleagues earn up to 16 percent more than their counterparts at traditional and premium-priced supermarkets.

This is Lidl’s third pay rise in 12 months, impacting all of its 24,500 hourly-paid colleagues.

From September, the store and warehouse colleagues working outside the M25 will see hourly pay increase to £11.40 from £11.00, rising to £12.30 with the length of service.‌

Meanwhile, pay for those inside the M25 will increase to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.

Lidl GB is continuing to raise their rates after receiving an extra £8million worth of investments.‌

This equates to a combined investment of over £60million into colleague pay in the past year alone.

Ryan McDonnell, CEO at Lidl GB, commented: “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.”

The store is looking to recruit over 1,500 warehouse colleagues across its Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) network as part of its focus to strengthen infrastructure.

Their plans for expansion include a new RDC in Leeds which would create around 400 additional jobs. This will see its biggest warehouse globally open in Luton, this year.

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.”

The latest pay increase is due to come in from September and follows the recent introduction of new colleague benefits including life assurance and optional health and dental insurance schemes.

Colleagues can also benefit from an enhanced holiday entitlement, ongoing development opportunities and 10 percent discount in stores.

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