19.03.2020 12:00:00 | LONDON UK


  • The new roles will provide temporary employment for those currently seeking work
  • New recruits will be able to start immediately, with pay matching the Living Wage, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation
  • The move will lead to around 2,500 jobs being created nationwide across Lidl’s 800 stores


19th March 2020: Lidl is hiring  to help with an extremely busy time for stores – a move that will lead to around 2,500 jobs being created, helping those currently seeking employment.

The supermarket, which has 800 stores across England, Scotland and Wales and 24,500 employees, is looking for Stock Assistants on a four-week fixed term contract to start immediately, with wages starting from a competitive hourly rate of £9.30[1] - matching the Living Wage rates as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

In a role that will support those currently in need of work during this difficult time, the new hires will be responsible for working together to keep the store clean, tidy and the shelves well stocked so that customers can get the products they need. Shifts could include mornings, evenings and weekends.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB commented: “Our store colleagues are doing an incredible job at keeping our shelves stocked, and serving communities during an extremely challenging period. Temporarily expanding our teams is one way we can help support our colleagues and customers, whilst providing work to those that have had their employment affected by the current situation.” 

In addition to creating new temporary jobs, Lidl has given colleagues in office-based roles the opportunity to work in store to help provide extra support.

The supermarket is also supporting colleagues who are having to self-isolate due to symptoms  through flexible options including sick pay, holiday pay, advanced holiday pay and mobile working where applicable.

Those looking to apply for one of the new roles should visit to find out more.


Notes to Editors

About Lidl GB

Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has experienced continuous growth and today has over 24,500 employees, 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

As part of the Schwarz retail group, Lidl is one of Europe’s leading organisations in the food retail industry. With a presence in 32 countries around the world, the supermarket, which has more than 287,000 employees globally, currently operates approximately 10,800 stores and more than 160 distribution centres in 29 countries globally. The family supermarket takes pride in providing its customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout Great Britain, from Kirkwall to the Isle of Wight. Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company’s daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society and the environment. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.

The Schwarz Group (Kaufland, Lidl) has been Europe’s largest food retailer since 2014 and generated a turnover of €104.3 billion in financial year 2018.

[1] £9.30 per hour (outside M25) | £10.75 per hour (inside M25

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