Pay Increase On Way for 11% of Local Employees
Lidl Northern Ireland today (5th November) consolidated its position as a top local employer by confirming it will introduce the new real Living Wage from early next year – a move that will see wages increase from £8.75 to £9.00 per hour for 11% of employees. All other employees working in Lidl already earn in excess of the real Living Wage rate.
The announcement follows today’s recommendation by the Living Wage Foundation that hourly rates should rise to £9.00 to reflect the real cost of living in Northern Ireland. Higher than the government-set ‘National Living Wage’, the pay level advised by the Foundation serves as independent guidance for employers. Its adoption is voluntary and organisations are free to choose whether or not to implement it.
Lidl is the first supermarket in Northern Ireland to match the Foundation’s new pay recommendation. This proactive step continues its exemplary track record as a pioneering, best-practice employer which, in 2015, saw it become the first major retailer here to introduce the Living Wage for all employees.
The new increase comes into effect from 1st of March 2019, the start of the company’s next financial year. It will benefit almost 11% of employees across its 38 stores and Distribution Centre in Nutts Corner, Antrim, who are currently earning £8.75 per hour alongside a range of supplementary benefits.