Lidl is upping staff wages, allowing it to reclaim the title of highest-paying supermarket.
The German retailer will pay a minimum of £10.10 an hour to staff working outside of London, rising from the £9.50 that it is now.
Staff working inside the M25 will get paid £11.30 an hour, up from £10.85, the Grocer reports.
Lidl says that the rise will come into play in March 2022.
The rise comes at a cost of £18m to Lidl, its biggest ever investment in wages.
This will make Lidl the highest-paying supermarket in Britain according to the report.
More than 21,000 workers will benefit from the wage hike, impacting 80% of its UK workforce, Lidl says.
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The increase will mean Lidl staff make at least 60p more per hour than the National Living Wage for those over 23.
Over the past five years, Lidl’s investment into hourly wages is more than £50m.
This year, frontline workers got a £200 ‘thank-you payment’ from the supermarket for their hard work during the pandemic. All employees got a £150 gift voucher last year.
Lidl GB CEO Christian Härtnagel said: “At Lidl, our frontline colleagues are the backbone of our business.
“They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 crisis and are integral to our future success.
“We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business.
“This year we feel incredibly lucky to be in a position as a business to go even further by making this significant investment in our incredible workforce, which will make us the best-paying supermarket in the UK.”
Nan Gibson, Lidl GB’s chief HR officer, added: “In 2015 we became the first supermarket in the UK to match the rates advocated by the Living Wage Foundation, and we are proud to have consistently increased wages every year since.
“There is no denying how hard our people work, more so than ever during recent times, and we’re delighted to be able to give our store and distribution centre colleagues the recognition they deserve and look forward to welcoming new colleagues to our teams in the months ahead.”