Lidl will hire 1,200 new employees when it opens its world’s largest department store

Staff will earn up to £10.10 an hour working in a new Lidl warehouse the size of 18 full-size football pitches, which will stock enough groceries for 150 supermarkets

Lidl employee stacks a shelf
The camp is the same size as 20 St. Paul’s Cathedrals

Supermarket Lidl will hire 1,200 more employees by the end of 2025 when a new super warehouse opens in Luton.

The new center is 1.2 million square feet and will be Lidl’s largest building in the world.

The building will be as tall as 18 full-size football pitches or 20 St. Paul’s Cathedrals.

Once open, it will provide groceries to 150 Lidl stores in London and surrounding counties.

the Supermarket chain is hiring for positions ranging from warehouse workers and managers to support workers on HR and payroll teams.

Hourly workers get £10.10 an hour, while managers earn up to £80,000 and get a company car.

Lidl opened 13 new stores in February, including Hounslow, Burton-Upon-Trent and Blairgowrie, and hired around 250 more workers.

Ryan McDonnell, CEO of Lidl UK, said: “This new distribution center – the largest of any Lidl store worldwide – represents our ongoing commitment to expansion across the UK and creating local jobs.

“Our competitive pay and benefits are already helping to attract new colleagues and we look forward to welcoming 1,200 new employees to our workforce soon.”

In addition to the 1,200 warehouse workers, Lidl is hiring 3,000 more workers across the UK.

McDonnell added: “We are shocked and saddened by the events that are unfolding Ukraine. As an international company, we are donating €10 million (£8.3 million) in finance, food, textiles and hygiene products in countries neighboring Ukraine to help those displaced by the crisis get essential products as quickly as possible.”

Lidl increased its wage rate for new factory workers from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside London from this month and from £10.85 to £11.30 in the capital.

Salaries for senior staff will also increase to £11.40 and £12.25 outside and inside London, respectively, depending on length of service.

The announcement means a pay increase of more than 6% for some of the 21,000 Lidl employees who are set to receive a pay rise.

Employees over 23 benefit from 60p an hour more than that National Living Wage.

The supermarket claimed Lidl is now the highest-paid grocer in the country.

Bosses said the extra £18m the company is spending on the new wages corresponds to £50m invested in hourly wage increases over the past five years.

It follows a £200 bonus for all frontline workers this year, as well as £150 gift vouchers for all staff in 2020 during the pandemic.

Earlier this week, The Mirror reported that Aldi was the cheapest supermarket for a basket of essentials after a price comparison.

A basket of 33 common items costs £51.35 at the German grocer, compared to £78.26 at the most expensive supermarket.

The same 33 items would have cost shoppers at Sainsbury’s £60.43, Tesco £64.25, Morrisons £61.92 and Waitrose £78.26. The grocer comparison found.

The cheapest Big Four supermarket was Asda, where a grocery store would have cost consumers an average of £58.33 last week.

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