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Lidl to create 180 new jobs across Northern Ireland operation

Pictured celebrating the announcement are Economy Minister Gordon Lyons, Maeve McCleane, director of human resources;, Lidl Dundonald duty manager Matthew Blair and customer assistant Faye Harvey.

GERMAN supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to create 180 new jobs across its Northern Ireland operation.

The discounter has also confirmed pay increases worth around £1.5 million in recognition of the efforts of its local workforce throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lidl said the new roles will be created across its expanding store portfolio in the north, which currently stands at 41.

Operational and office-based positions will also be available within its and regional distribution centre in Nutt’s Corner, Co Antrim.

It will take its Northern Ireland workforce to around 1,300.

It’s part of a wider recruitment drive across the island which will see 750 new positions created in total.

Lidl’s network on the island currently stands at 214 stores supplied by four regional distribution centres.

Maeve McCleane, the supermarket chain’s director of human resources on the island, said: “We are delighted to continue to invest in our expansion in Northern Ireland and continue to growing our team further in 2022 with 180 new roles. Our most important asset has always been our people who are the bedrock of our business, which is why we have prioritised building an exceptional place to work.”

She said the retailer had already paid more than £300,000 in Covid-19 bonuses to its employees in the north throughout the pandemic.

In November, Lidl announced it would pay the new recommended Living Wage, exceeding the advisory rate by a further 20p to £10.10 for more than 450 employees.

“Recognising hard work, rewarding success, and celebrating achievements have always been at the core of Lidl Northern Ireland’s people strategy and we’re pleased to be in a position to further recognise the efforts that our frontline and support teams make every day, particularly as an essential business throughout the pandemic,” said Ms McCleane.

Welcoming the announcement, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “Lidl Northern Ireland’s announcement to hire an additional 180 employees this year is testament to its success here as a leading retailer and employer and will provide a huge boost for the wider retail sector and local economy. The variety of roles available will cater to a wide range of candidates with different skill sets and underlines Lidl’s commitment to the region and to delivering on its growth ambitions.

“I’m also delighted to learn that Lidl Northern Ireland is investing a further £1.5 million in pay increases for employees. It is encouraging to see Lidl Northern Ireland leading the way in supporting its staff and I’d like to extend my congratulations to the entire Lidl Northern Ireland team and I look forward to this next phase of growth.“

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