Lidl is one of a number of well-known supermarkets to have made changes in response to the coronavirus crisis. Today, however, it is a change in the amount that colleagues paid by the hour can earn that has been announced.
As a result of the pay rise, Lidl’s frontline workers will benefit from a minimum of 78 pence more than the current government’s living wage (the national minimum wage for over 25s) of £ 8.72 per hour.
Meanwhile, that marks a difference of £ 2.13 for those on the M25.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO of Lidl GB, said: “It is right that we increase the income of our colleagues who are the backbone of our business.
“It’s about recognizing their hard work and dedication to keeping the nation nourished for a year like no other.
“They have served our customers through extremely difficult times and we will always be there to support them in return.”
The new rates, which will align with the rates advocated by the Living Wage Foundation, will take effect from March 2021 – the date on which the supermarket’s new fiscal year begins.
The rise comes as Lidl continues to open new stores across the country.
The supermarket is hiring staff, with the retailer saying it currently has 700 vacant positions this month.
Although millions of Britons are feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Lidl has continued to operate, without anyone being subject to the government’s coronavirus job retention program (leave program).
The “real living wage” is a rate paid voluntarily by nearly 7,000 UK businesses.
The rates are voluntary rather than statutory, and following the increase, more than 250,000 people are set for a salary increase.
According to research by the Living Wage Foundation, 5.5 million employees – or one-fifth of employees – are still paid as “real living wages”.
Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: ‘These are incredibly difficult times for all of us, but today’s new living wage rates will give hundreds of thousands of UK workers a boost. , including thousands of key and essential workers like cleaners, care workers. and the delivery drivers who have kept our economy running.
“Since the start of the pandemic, employers have continued to subscribe to a real living wage.
“During Living Wage Week, it is right that we pay tribute to employers who have done well by workers and their families, providing them with the security and stability they so badly need even when times are tough.
“It is the employers who will allow us to recover from this crisis and to rebuild ourselves. “