Lidl to pay Living Wage
Discount supermarket chain Lidl have become the first UK supermarket to pay the Living Wage as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
From October, Lidl UK employees will earn a minimum of £8.20 an hour across England, Scotland and Wales, and £9.35 an hour in London, the supermarket said.
Lidl said that if the Living Wage Foundation raised its recommended rate in its annual announcement in November, Lidl would adjust its minimum wage accordingly.
Currently, Lidl pays its staff a minimum of £7.30 an hour and £8.03 an hour inside London.
The Living Wage Foundation's current recommended minimal hourly rate is £7.85, and £9.15 inside London.
Lidl said its new pay rate would amount to an average wage increase of £1,200 a year, "with 53% of Lidl UK's 17,000 workforce and all age brackets benefiting from the rise".
The chief executive of Lidl UK, Ronny Gottschlich, added: "As a result, Lidl employees will be amongst the best paid in the supermarket sector."
The director of the Living Wage Foundation, Rhys Moore, said in a statement: "We are delighted by the move from Lidl to increase the pay of their staff to rates. Their announcement proves that paying staff a real Living Wage, calculated around the cost of living, is possible on the British high-street."
He added that, "It sets a challenge to the rest of the UK supermarket sector, that has until now claimed that paying staff the Living Wage was just not possible."
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