Sunday 25 February 2018

Lidl move to pay Irish staff living wage of €11.50 per hour puts pressure on other employers

Sinead Noonan and Aoife Walsh launches Lidl's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection
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Lidl is set to become the first large employer in Ireland to commit to paying a 'living wage' of €11.50 per hour.

The company is to introduce the measure from the start of November.

Lidl said that the move will affect the 20pc of it staff who are currently paid below that rate. This means that about 700 of the company's 3,800 staff are set to benefit from the move.

The Living Wage is an independently assessed and measured rate of income considered necessary to have a socially acceptable standard of living.

A similar commitment is also being made to employees in Lidl Northern Ireland, using the sterling benchmarked Living Wage.

Lidl Ireland managing director John Paul Scally said: "It is important for us to ensure that those whose hourly pay falls below €11.50 benefit from a substantial increase. This would bring them to a level that is more reflective of enjoying a better standard of living.

"At Lidl we are in a fortunate position that the last few years have seen our business go from strength to strength in a difficult economic situation. Key to this has been the dedication and commitment shown by our team so for us this move is a way of recognising that commitment and investing in future proofing our business."

He added: "From our perspective, attracting and retaining the best employees will mean we’ll have an even better proposition for our customers which will help us continue to grow market share as we build a bigger business more deeply rooted in communities across the country."

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