Lidl to pay Living Wage

Lidl Westside PlazaLidl has announced that from October it will be the first UK supermarket to pay its employees a Living Wage.

The wage as recommended by the Living Wage foundation means that its employees will earn a minimum of £8.20 an hour.

The new pay rate will mean an average pay rise of £1200 a year.

Ronny Gottschlich, chief executive of Lidl UK, said:

We recognise that every employee forms an integral part of team Lidl, and each individual’s contribution is valued.

It’s therefore only right that we show our commitment, in the same way that the team commit to the business and our customers each and every day, by ensuring a wage that supports the cost of living.

Commenting on the announcement by Lidl that it is to pay the Living Wage, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Roseanna Cunningham said:

I am very pleased to see that such a large supermarket has taken this important step. Paying the Living Wage will have a significant effect on the lives of hundreds of staff in Scotland.

Lidl’s foresight sends a message to other retailers – that the Living Wage is realistic and achievable. We now have over 300 accredited organisations in Scotland and will continue to address low pay by working with the Poverty Alliance to ensure our target of over 500 by March next year can be met.

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