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Lidl increases wages for 20,000 employees – how much is pay rise?

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Lidl GB announced the plans to increase the pay for all colleagues on hourly rates in November last year. The supermarket said at the time the increase would directly benefit more than 20,000 Lidl employees.

“They have served our customers through extremely challenging times and we will always be there to support them in return.”

The decision meant entry-level pay has risen from £9.30 to £9.50 per hour, for those working outside of London.

Employees working within the M25, the hourly rate has risen from £10.75 to £10.85.

Rates can go up to £11.80, depending on location and length of service, the supermarket said.

The new wages were announced in November 2020, when it was confirmed they would come into effect from the supermarket’s new financial year in March 2021.

The new rates are now in force, as can be seen via the Lidl careers website.

The rates align with those advocated by the Living Wage Foundation.

The real Living Wage is a UK wage rate which is voluntarily paid by 7,000 UK businesses, including Lidl.

The Living Wage Foundation announced the 2020/21 rates on Monday November 9, 2020.

The organisation said employers should implement the rise “as soon as possible” and within six months.

“All employees should receive the new rate by May 9 2021,” they said.

In November last year, Laura Gardiner, Living Wage Foundation Director, said: “It’s an incredibly challenging time for us all, but today’s new Living Wage rates will give a boost to hundreds of thousands of UK workers, including thousands of key and essential workers like cleaners, care workers, and delivery drivers who have kept our economy going.

“Since the start of the pandemic employers have continued to sign up to a real Living Wage.

“During Living Wage Week it’s right that we celebrate those employers that have done right by workers and families, providing them with much needed security and stability even when times are hard.

“These are the employers that will allow us to recover and rebuild from this crisis.”

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will rise next month, with the age threshold for the latter set to drop from 25 to 23.

The Government accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations in full, and they comprise of:

National Living Wage

Rate from April 2020 – £8.72

Rate from April 2021 – £8.91

Increase – 2.2 percent

21-22 Year Old Rate

Rate from April 2020 – £8.20

Rate from April 2021 – £8.36

Increase – 2.0 percent

18-20 Year Old Rate

Rate from April 2020 – £6.45

Rate from April 2021 – £6.56

Increase – 1.7 percent

16-17 Year Old Rate

Rate from April 2020 – £4.55

Rate from April 2021 – £4.62

Increase – 1.5 percent

Apprentice Rate

Rate from April 2020 – £4.15

Rate from April 2021 – £4.30

Increase – 3.6 percent

Accommodation Offset

Rate from April 2020 – £8.20

Rate from April 2021 – £8.36

Increase – 2.0 percent.



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