Supporting our colleagues

Supporting Our Colleagues


Supporting our employees

We know our business success is down to the dedication of the more than 32,000 employees across the UK who work in our stores, warehouses and offices. Our streamlined discounter model means every individual’s contribution is vital, and we value the enthusiasm that our colleagues bring to work, day in, day out. Read more about our actions.

First supermarket to adopt the living wage

  • In 2015, we became the first supermarket to adopt the living wage rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. This led to a 20% increase in job applications at Lidl.
  • We followed this up by becoming the first British supermarket to announce that we would adopt a higher living wage in 2016 and 2017, benefiting 5,500 employees who represent one quarter of our workforce.

Training and development

  • We want to become the most attractive employer in the retail industry. We will do this by continuing to invest in attracting the best talent, developing and training all our employees as well as supporting their progression within the business.
  • Our wide range of training and development opportunities reflects our diverse workforce. Whether it’s through emerging talent opportunities for graduates and undergraduate placements, our Store Manager development programmes or our international job rotations, we offer numerous possibilities to help employees develop their career with us.
Employer of choice

Equal opportunities and Gender Pay Gap

  • As an international chain and equal opportunities employer, we value the skills and ideas of employees from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our policy is to provide a working environment in which all our employees can realise their potential free from harassment and discrimination.
  • We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religious beliefs or disability. All employees, prospective employees, suppliers and visitors are to be treated with respect, too.

Empowering our colleagues to act responsibly

  • We provide colleagues with training on the topic of sustainability, particularly the key topics and issues relating to their roles. This empowers our employees to make the right decisions as part of their day-to-day responsibilities.
  • We believe that through this collective approach to responsible decision-making we can bring about significant change.
  • Find out more about our sustainability objectives here.