Lidl is now the highest-paying supermarket

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Lidl has recently given employees a pay rise making it the highest-paying supermarket

On the 1 October, Lidl increased their entry levels from £10,10 to £10.90 per hour outside of London and £11.30 to £11.95 per hour within the M25, with colleagues earning up to £12,00 and £13.00 respectively. 

This represented a £39.5 million investment by the discounter, and a combined total of £50 million into hourly rates this year. This is the second pay rise Lidl has given to their colleagues and the raise represents an increase of between 10-14.5% since this time last year. 

The pay rise was introduced and put in place as a recognition of the ongoing hard work and dedication of store and warehouse colleagues, particularly as the cost-of-living crisis continues. It also follows a long track record of annual pay rate increases by the supermarket with over £83.5 million invested into hourly pay across the past six years. 

Ryan McDonnell, CEO, of Lidl GB comments “We have introduced these rate increases to reflect the key role and tireless efforts of our incredible colleagues working in our 935 stores and 13 warehouses. The role that we as a discounter play in giving households access to good, affordable food cannot be underestimated, now more than ever. 

“But the ongoing commitment and dedication of our colleagues in making it all possible for our customers cannot be underestimated either-our business simply would not run without them”.

The new rates of pay are part of an already competitive package offered to colleagues which includes enhanced holiday entitlement, ongoing development opportunities and a 10% discount in their stores.