Belfast Telegraph

Hundreds of Lidl staff getting pay rise in Northern Ireland

Hundreds of Lidl workers are set for a pay increase as the discount retailer pushes to pay its workers the living wage.

In an announcement on Monday, Lidl said it would be boost the wages of 24% of its employees to bring them in line with recommendations from the Living Wage Foundation based on the cost of living in Northern Ireland.

The change will come into effect at Lidl's 38 Northern Irish stores on March 1 next year.

Lidl staff not impacted by the change already receive the living wage.

The Living Wage Foundation set a rate of compensation for workers at which it calculates the cost of living.

It has set the voluntary rate at £8.75 for workers throughout the UK - and increase of 30p on its previous rate - and a wage of £10.20 for those working in London.

In the United Kingdom, around 3,500 employers are signed up to the scheme and committed to pay workers at the voluntary rate.

Legal wage levels in the United Kingdom are as National Minimum Wage for people aged 24 and under, and National Living Wage, for those aged over 25.

Here is how mandatory wages in the UK work out:

  • 25 and over - £7.50
  • 21 to 24 - £7.05
  • 18 to 20 - £5.60
  • Under 18 - £4.05
  • Apprentice - £3.50

On the decision, managing director of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland John Paul Scally said: "At Lidl we are in a fortunate position that the last few years have seen our business go from strength to strength in Northern Ireland.

"Key to this success has been the dedication and commitment shown by our teams and I’m incredibly proud to show our commitment to them by increasing wages and ensuring that salaries support the cost of living."

Lidl employs around 900 staff in Northern Ireland and figures from Kantar Worldpanel for September show year-on-year growth of 7.2%.

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