Lidl NI commits to real living wage for over 1,000 employees

Lidl Northern Ireland will raise hourly pay to £10.90 for over 1,000 staff, around 80% of its local workforce, from March 1, 2023.

he discount retailer has pledged to match the actual Living Wage, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation, of £9.90 per hour.

The move represents an investment of more than £1.4m by the retailer in annual wages and its second pay rise in the last 12 months, with an increase in hourly rates of £1 as a result.

Lidl Northern Ireland first pledged to pay the Real Living Wage in 2015, and since then it has matched the year-on-year increases.

The Voluntary Real Living Wage reflects the actual cost of living in the UK, based on clothing, food, housing, health, education, transport and social or leisure costs, is higher than the salary national vital fixed by the government.

Recognized as a Top Employer by the Top Employers Institute for a second consecutive year in 2022, Lidl Northern Ireland was also recently named number 24 in the Top 100 Northern Irish Companies by Ulster Business magazine.

“Our people have always been central to our success, which is why we continue to ensure that Lidl Northern Ireland is not only an exceptional place to work, but also offers an unparalleled inclusive, rewarding and fulfilling culture for every employee,” said Maeve McCleane, Chief People Officer at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“As part of our commitment to our employees, we are delighted to confirm a further salary increase for more than 1,000 team members across the region, which matches the rates advocated by the Living Wage Foundation.

“Lidl Northern Ireland continuously reviews its pay rates to ensure it offers the most competitive pay and benefits to attract, train and retain its best people to serve over 300,000 local shoppers every week.”

Michael A. Bynum