Discounter Lidl has announced plans to pay a “living wage” of €13.85 following recommendations from the Living Wage Technical Group.
idl said the new hourly rate would benefit 4,200 of its employees and cost over 7.5 million euros. The discounter said its remaining employees are already earning more than the new living wage.
This is Lidl’s second pay rise this year.
In January, the retailer announced that all of its 5,000 employees would receive a pandemic pay rise from March this year to thank them for their service. This corresponded to an investment of €10 million.
The retailer currently has over 170 stores in Ireland.
Lidl is the first supermarket in Ireland to commit to the latest living wage rate.
Founded in 2014, the Living Wage Technical Group tracks changes in the cost of living to calculate an hourly rate that provides a “socially acceptable standard of living”.
The group is supported by a range of charities, unions and educational institutions.
The updated hourly figure of €13.85 for 2023 represents a 7 percent increase from the €12.90 recommended by the group last year.
News of Lidl’s pay rise plans comes as rival discount chain Aldi announced this week that it would increase its workforce by 10 per cent.
Aldi announced plans to fill 450 new positions across the retailer’s 153 stores in Ireland. The company is currently recruiting sales assistants, 120 of whom are said to be on temporary contracts.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/lidl-staff-to-get-second-pay-rise-this-year-42082449.html Lidl employees will receive their second salary increase this year