- Lidl GB is increasing hourly pay rates, with store and warehouse colleagues receiving up to £13.15 an hour
- The move marks the retailers third pay increase in the last 12 months, making its entry level pay up to 16% higher than traditional and premium priced supermarkets1
- Update follows recent announcement from the discounter confirming the recruitment of over 1,500 warehouse roles
24 May 2023: Lidl GB has announced its third pay rate increase in 12 months which will impact all of its 24,500 hourly-paid colleagues. The latest raise will see colleagues earn up to 16% more than their counterparts at traditional and premium priced supermarkets.
Store and warehouse colleagues working outside the M25 will see hourly pay increase to £11.40 from £11.00, rising to £12.30 with length of service. Meanwhile, pay for those inside the M25 will increase to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.
The move represents an overall investment of £8 million and equates to a combined investment of over £60 million into colleague pay in the past year alone.
Ryan McDonnell, CEO at Lidl GB, commented: “These new rates of pay will ensure that Lidl maintains its position as the UK’s highest paying supermarket. Our people are at the core of everything we do, and this investment recognises the hard work and contribution they make in serving communities across the country every day.”
Lidl GB recently announced it was looking to recruit over 1,500 warehouse colleagues across its Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) network as part of its focus to strengthen infrastructure. This year will see its biggest warehouse globally open in Luton, while plans for a new RDC in Leeds have also been submitted which would create around 400 additional jobs.
Stephanie Rogers, Chief Human Resources Officer at Lidl GB, added: “Back in 2015, Lidl GB became the first supermarket to pay the voluntary Living Wage. This marked a fundamental change within the industry and continues to set the bar for other supermarkets.
“Over the last seven years, we’ve continued to uphold our commitment to ensuring that those working at Lidl GB receive a pay rate that not only recognises their hard work, but also aligns with rising living costs. I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organisation that puts its people first.”
The latest pay increase is due to come in from September and follows the recent introduction of new colleague benefits including life assurance and optional health and dental insurance schemes. This forms part of an already competitive package offered to colleagues, such as enhanced holiday entitlement, ongoing development opportunities and 10% discount in stores. Those interested in working at Lidl GB can view available roles on its careers website: https://careers.lidl.co.uk/
Notes to Editors
1Based on entry level hourly wage for a London based role at Morrisons.
About Lidl GB
Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl GB has experienced continuous growth and today has over 31,000 employees, over 960 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. The supermarket, which has more than 360,000 employees globally, currently operates approximately 12,000 stores and more than 200 warehouses and distribution centres in 31 countries.
The 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, which operates worldwide as a retail group, generated a turnover of €133.6 billion in the financial year 2021.
For more information about Lidl GB visit https://corporate.lidl.co.uk/.