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Lidl increases pay rate to £10.10 an hour and becomes UK’s best paying supermarket

Discount supermarket Lidl has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers to more than £10 an hour.
© Steve Parsons/PA Wire The discount supermarket has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers
Bosses said entry-level wages will…

Discount supermarket Lidl has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers to more than GBP10 an hour.

(C) Steve Parsons/PA Wire The discount supermarket has increased the rates of pay for new shop floor workers

Bosses said entry-level wages will rise from GBP9.50 to GBP10.10 an hour outside London and from GBP10.85 to GBP11.30 in the capital from March next year. Longer-serving staff will see their pay rates also rise to GBP11.40 and GBP12.25 outside and inside London respectively, depending on length of service. READ MORE: Martin Lewis 'left in tears' as he issues urgent scam warning

Currently, the National Living Wage stands at GBP8.91, but this is set to rise to GBP9.50 from April 1 2022. The supermarket claimed it means Lidl is now the highest-paying grocer in the country, adding that this was in recognition of the hard work of staff during the pandemic. Bosses said the extra GBP18 million spend by the business on the new wages equates to GBP50 million invested in hourly wage increases over the past five years.

It follows a GBP200 bonus to all frontline workers this year, alongside GBP150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic. Christian Hartnagel, Lidl GB chief executive, said: "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." He has targeted 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.

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