Lidl has announced its third pay rise in a year for its 24,500 hourly paid workers.
The pay increase, due to come in from September, will result in store and warehouse staff working outside the M25 being paid £11.40 per-hour from £11.00, increasing to £12.30 with length the of service.
Hourly pay for employees inside the M25 will also increase to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.
The discount grocer claimed the move represents an overall investment of £8 million, bringing a total investment of over £60 million into staff pay in the past year.
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“These new rates of pay will ensure that Lidl maintains its position as the UK’s highest-paying supermarket,” Lidl CEO Ryan McDonnell said.
“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.”
Lidl GB chief human resources officer Stephanie Rogers 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.”
She concluded: “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.”