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Lidl becomes UK’s highest paying supermarket

Entry-level wages will increase from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.30 within the M25 from March 2022, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively

Lidl GB has announced plans for its biggest ever investment into colleague wages, making it the highest paying supermarket in the UK.

The supermarket revealed it is committed to investing £18m in wages, directly benefiting over 21,000 Lidl colleagues and over 80% of its workforce across Great Britain.

Entry-level wages will increase from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.30 within the M25 from March 2022, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively, representing a pay rise of over 6% for some.

Lild said it has “long been committed to increasing wages” in line with the cost of living, with a combined investment of over £50mn into hourly wages over the past five years.

This latest rise recognises the hard work and dedication of frontline colleagues during the last 18 months of the pandemic.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, 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.

“This year we feel incredibly lucky to be in a position as a business to go even further by making this significant investment in our incredible workforce, which will make us the best paying supermarket in the UK.”

Nan Gibson, chief HR officer, added: “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.”

The wage increase, which will come into effect from the discounter’s new financial year in March 2022.

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