- Lidl GB is to reward its front-line colleagues with a one-off £200 thank-you payment to recognise their dedication through the pandemic, with office-based employees receiving £100
- Over 25,000 colleagues will receive a payment, which amounts to an investment of over £5.5 million
- This comes after the discounter announced it will be increasing the wages of all colleagues on hourly rates from March 2021
26 January 2021: Lidl GB has today announced that it will pay all front-line colleagues a one-off £200 thank you payment for their hard work and ongoing dedication during the pandemic.
The discounter will award frontline colleagues, including customer assistants, warehouse operatives and cleaners, across over 800 stores and 13 distribution centres with a £200 “thank you” payment. The payment is in recognition of their tireless efforts to keep the nation fed and provide a safe shopping experience for customers up and down the country. In addition, Lidl GB will give all office based colleagues, 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 £5.5m investment.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB said: “Everyone in the food retail sector has been in the privileged position of being able to continue operating throughout this pandemic. 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 payment follows a £150 voucher issued to all colleagues in March of last year, in recognition of their efforts, whilst in November 2020, 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 2021, 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.
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About Lidl GB
Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has experienced continuous growth and today has over 25,000 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.
For more information about Lidl GB visit https://corporate.lidl.co.uk/