Lidl and Aldi commit to increased Living Wage recommendation
28 September 2023
Lidl Ireland has commited to the latest Living Wage rate of €14.80 as recommended by the Living Wage Technical Group for 2024.
The company has said it will invest €3 million to introduce the change that will benefit 2,000 employees across Ireland, as all other employees currently earn in excess of the new Living Wage.
Lidl will introduce the new Living Wage rate from 1 March 2024. This latest move followed a €14 million investment in wages by the company in March of this year.
“Our most important asset is our people and now more than ever before, it is vitally important that we continue to support our employees to overcome the challenges of the cost-of-living crisis as best we can,” said Maeve McCleane, chief people officer at Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland.
“Our latest commitment to adopt the recommended Living Wage for 2024, for the eighth year in a row, will mean a second pay rise announced for 2,000 of our employees in less than 12 months,” she added.
Aldi Ireland has also announced that it will be “fully adopting” the recommendations of the Living Wage Technical Group for 2024.
“This decision demonstrates our commitment to valuing and supporting our workforce,” said Niall O’Connor, Aldi Ireland group managing director.
“Hourly paid colleagues across the business will benefit from this, which will see the starting rate for store assistants and selectors increase to €14.80 per hour. Pay scales for our more experienced colleagues will be reviewed in our annual pay review in January in light of our continuing commitment to the Living Wage, and all changes will be implemented from February 2024.
“We have an extensive range of benefits for all colleagues including our Employee Assistance Programme, maternity and paternity leave, market leading policy on sickness pay as well as comprehensive training programmes to ensure we provide promotional opportunities at all levels,” O’Connor added.
The Living Wage Technical Group (LWTG) said its proposed living wage rate is based on budget standards research undertaken by the Vincentian MESL Research Centre at SVP, and LWTG believes the rate increase reflects the real costs faced by employees in Ireland.