Lidl commits to ‘living wage’ for all staff

Lidl contributed more than half a billion Euro to the Irish economy in 2015
Lidl contributed more than half a billion Euro to the Irish economy in 2015. Pictured: Gordon Darcy

Lidl will next month the first major employer to guarantee the Living Wage to all its staff

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12 October 2015 | 0

Starting from November 1st, Lidl will become the first major nationwide employer to play the Living Wage of €11.50 per hour to all its staff. In particular, the move will benefit 20% of the company’s employees currently earning below this rate. The Living Wage is a rate of income that extensive research shows as neccessary for a worker to have a socially acceptable standard of living, and is 30% higher than the current minimum wage of €8.65.

Lidl’s commitment to paying the Living Wage is part of a number of initiatives the company has introduced in recent years to improve the workplace experience for staff. This past summer, the company also introduced a nationwide health check initiative which provides free cardiac screening for all its 3,800 employees.

Meanwhile, the equivalent Living Wage for Sterling will be introduced to Lidl staff in Northern Ireland.

“80% of our team already earn in excess of the Living Wage,” said John Paul Scally, MD of Lidl Ireland, “but it is important for us to ensure that those whose hourly pay falls below €11.50 benefit from a substantial increase, which should bring them to a level that is reflective of a better standard of living.”

Scally added that the increase in wage bill for the company will in no circumstances lead to price increases for customers.

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