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Lidl becomes first major food retailer in Northern Ireland to increase living wage

Lidl says it will introduce the living wage in Northern Ireland ahead of April's scheduled date

LIDL claims it will become the first major food retailer in Northern Ireland to commit to paying the increased Living Wage of £8.45 per hour (plus supplements) to staff.

The move will benefit the 19 per cent of staff earning the current wage of £8.25 per hour and the measure will be introduced from March 1 - more than a month ahead of the recommended introduction in April.

 

The Living Wage is an independently assessed and measured rate of income considered necessary to meet basic needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transport and healthcare.

 

Currently entry level employees working with Lidl, at customer assistant level in 38 stores across Northern Ireland, start on £8.25 per hour (plus supplements), so from March all will earn a minimum of £8.45 per hour.

 

The commitment to paying the Living Wage is part of a number of initiatives Lidl has introduced in recent years to build a better workplace for all its employees and share with the entire team the success the retailer is enjoying as it continues to grow market share in Northern Ireland.

 

Maeve McCleane, HR director at Lidl Northern Ireland, said: “Key to our success here is the dedication shown by our team across all levels of our organisation and we are delighted to be able to introduce the increased living wage of £8.45 to entry level employees.

"Having the best-paid team in the sector is something we pride ourselves on. And while this move will require an investment on our part, we also want to reassure our customers that it will not lead to price increases.”

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