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Lidl pay rises will make it UK’s highest-paying supermarket

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Lidl is set to become the UK’s highest-paying supermarket when it issues pay rises to staff next March.

The discount supermarket chain has stores in Arnold, Mapperley Park and Netherfield.

It now plans to increase its minimum pay for employees to £10.10 an hour, with rates of up to £11.40 for more experienced workers.

The he increase recognised “the hard work and dedication of frontline colleagues during the last 18 months of the pandemic”.

Earlier this year, Morrisons became the first UK supermarket to pay at least £10 an hour.

In a statement it said: “Entry-level wages will increase from £9.50 to £10.10 an hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.30 within the M25 from March 2022, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively, depending on length of service,” Lidl said.

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Christian Härtnagel, chief executive officer at Lidl GB said: “At Lidl, our frontline colleagues are the backbone of our business. They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 crisis and are integral to our future success.

“We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business. 

“This year we feel incredibly lucky to be in a position as a business to go even further by making this significant investment in our incredible workforce, which will make us the best paying supermarket in the UK.” 

It comes after official figures on Tuesday suggested that employers are continuing to struggle to fill roles, affecting the hospitality and retail sectors in particular.

Job vacancies hit a fresh record high of 1.17 million in October – almost 400,000 higher than before the pandemic.

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