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Lidl is first NI supermarket to offer Real Living Wage

Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Over 300 Lidl NI staff will get a pay rise as the supermarket implements the 2019 Real Living Wage.

The pay increase will see the employees earn £9.30 per hour, up from £9, which was the last set Real Living Wage recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

Lidl said the move is "further commitment to its employees". The remainder of the 500 staff working in Lidl NI already earn over the Real Living Wage rate, the supermarket added.

Higher than the government-set 'National Living Wage', the pay level advised by the foundation serves as independent guidance for employers. Its adoption is voluntary.

Maeve McCleane, Lidl Northern Ireland's HR director, said: "Our people are central to our success. It is important for us to reward them, not just with market-leading rates but also by creating an environment where their holistic needs are prioritised.

"We are the first supermarket in Northern Ireland to commit to this increase and are delighted to complement and boost the already powerful and wide-ranging benefits package we have put in place for our outstanding local team."

Meanwhile, new figures released by Kantar show that Lidl NI's sales rose by 5.8% this year, giving it a market share of 6.1%.

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