Lidl will be the UK’s top paying supermarket: the discounter has decided to invest £18 million in wage increases. This is striking, because in Belgium Lidl employees recently retired for better working conditions.
Lidl is releasing £18 million in the UK to invest in wages. The retailer thus becomes the highest paying supermarket in the country: for some employees it means a pay increase of more than 6%.
Starting in March 2022, start-ups’ wages will rise from 9.50 to 10.10 pounds per hour; starting in London will receive £11.30 instead of £ 10.85. Depending on seniority, hourly wages can rise to £ 12.25 in London and £ 11.40 outside the capital. Wages thus rise slightly above the British living wage, a wage norm that is seen as the lower limit for a living wage and above the legal minimum wage.
Lidl has 21,000 employees in the United Kingdom, who want to give the discounter, with the wage increase, recognition for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the measure should also help to attract new employees. Indeed, the United Kingdom is plagued by labour shortages, a result of the coronavirus pandemic and shrinking workforce.