// Lidl to become UK’s highest-paying supermarket as it invests £18m in wages
// The announcement represents a pay rise of more than 6% for some of Lidl’s 21,000 workers
Lidl is set to become the UK’s highest-paying supermarket after revealing plans to invest £18 million in wages.
Entry-level wages are to increase £10.85 to £11.30 in London from March next year while new starters outside London will see wages rise from £9.50 to £10.10.
Lidl workers are also to earn up to £12.25 in London and £11.40 outside the city, depending on length of service.
The announcement represents a pay rise of more than six per cent for some of the 21,000 Lidl staff members set to receive a hike.
The supermarket – announcing its biggest-ever wage investment – said the pay rise would also recognise the hard work of staff during the pandemic.
Staff members over the age of 23 will benefit from 60p per hour more than the National Living Wage.
“At Lidl, our frontline colleagues are the backbone of our business,” Lidl chief executive, Christian Härtnagel said.
“They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 crisis and are integral to our future success.
“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.”