// Lidl to reward its frontline staff with a one-off £200 thank you payment for their work through the pandemic.
// Office-based employees will receive £100
// Over 25,000 colleagues will receive a bonus, which amounts to an investment of over £5.5m
Lidl has announced that it will pay all frontline shop workers a one-off £200 bonus as a “thank you” for their hard work and ongoing dedication during the pandemic.
The German discount grocer said it would award frontline staff, including customer assistants, warehouse operatives and cleaners, across over 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in the UK with a £200 “thank you” payment.
Lidl said the one-off bonus was in recognition of their efforts to keep the nation fed and provide a safe shopping experience for customers.
The retailer added that it would also give all office-based staff, amounting to approximately 1800 people, a one-off £100 payment to recognise their efforts in supporting the business.
The move will directly benefit over 25,000 colleagues across Great Britain and represents a £5.5 million investment.
“Everyone in the food retail sector has been in the privileged position of being able to continue operating throughout this pandemic,” Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said.
“However, it has been an extremely challenging period and our teams have done a phenomenal job in helping to keep the nation fed.
“I am incredibly proud of the dedication and commitment our colleagues have shown and continue to show and this payment is about recognising their unrelenting hard work and thanking each individual for the important part they’ve played in the year like no other”.
The one-off bonus follows a £150 voucher issued to all staff last March in recognition of their efforts, while in November, Lidl announced that it would be increasing the wages of all colleagues on hourly rates, for the sixth year in a row.
The new wages, which will come into effect from March this year, will see entry-level wages will increase from £9.30 to £9.50 per hour outside the M25 and £10.75 to £10.85 within the M25.