German supermarket giant Lidl says it will hire around 170 new staff this year as part of its ongoing expansion plans.
The new roles are spread across a variety of operational and office-based roles to support its network of 40 stores and regional distribution centre in Nutt’s Corner in Co Antrim.
The new roles are being created to support Lidl’s growth across the region and will expand the retailer’s workforce to over 1,200 staff.
It also says “the commitment and dedication of Lidl Northern Ireland employees has also not gone unnoticed and the retailer has announced a new Covid Employee Bonus worth £300,000 which will be shared with all employees this year”.
The announcement comes after the Top Employers Institute recognised Lidl Northern Ireland as a Top Employer for 2021 this week.
Last year it announced an investment of £32m in five stores in Belfast, adding 100 new permanent jobs and supporting up to 1,000 jobs in the locality during the development and construction phases.
Maeve McCleane, director of human resources at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: “Since the onset of the pandemic our teams have demonstrated inspirational dedication and bravery in serving our local communities when they needed it most.
“I am delighted to confirm this significant investment in the form of a third bonus to acknowledge their selflessness and hard work in this challenging time.
“Our most important asset has always been our people, and 2020 has reinforced that they are in fact the bedrock of our business, which is why we have prioritised building not only an exceptional place to work, but also an inclusive, rewarding and fulfilling culture at Lidl for our employees. It is with great pride that we accept this year’s Top Employers certification and I look forward to welcoming many new colleagues to ‘Team Lidl’ in the coming months.”