Pay increase on way for over 700 Lidl employees

Lidl will give a raise to all staff on a lower pay scale, in line with the government's Living Wage recommendation
Lidl will give a raise to all staff on a lower pay scale, in line with the government's Living Wage recommendation

Lidl has become the first supermarket in Ireland to commit to an €11.90 minimum hourly rate for all staff, in line with what has been described as "a living wage" in contrast with the legal minimum wage of €9.55 per hour.

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6 November 2018 | 0

Lidl has become the first major nationwide employer to commit to paying the Living Wage to all staff members. The move is a commitment by the company to match the rate recommended by the government’s Living Wage Technical Group, effective from 1 March 2019. The change will benefit 16% of employees, while all other employees working in Lidl already earn above the Living Wage.

A similar commitment has also been announced to employees in Lidl Northern Ireland using the UK Living Wage Foundation’s recommended rate of £9 (€10.30) per hour.

Announcing Lidl’s commitment to pay the latest Living Wage, John Paul Scally, managing director, Lidl Ireland said the company is proud to champion the Living Wage in Ireland. “Our people are central to our success,” Scally said. “They look after our customers, drive our operations and support our communities across Ireland. It is important for us to reward them – not just with market-leading rates but also by creating an environment where our colleagues’ holistic needs are prioritised including their overall sense of wellbeing.

“As part of our Work Safe-Live Well programme,” Scally continued, “we’ve invested in many health and wellbeing initiatives over the past number of years, including the Step Challenge, life-saving Heart and Diabetes screening, Mental Health Awareness campaigns and our confidential Employee Assistance Programme.”

Lidl Ireland employs over 4,300 employees in its 158 stores, head office in Tallaght and three distribution centres and regional offices based in Charleville, Mullingar and Newbridge. Lidl currently holds 11.7% of the Irish grocery market.

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