Lidl is set to become the UK’s highest-paying supermarket after it said it would invest £18m in wages.
Entry-level wages are to increase £10.85 to £11.30 in London from March 2022 while new starters outside the capital will see wages hike from £9.50 to £10.10.
Lidl colleagues are also to earn up to £12.25 in London and £11.40 outside the city, depending on length of service.
The announcement represents a pay rise of more than 6 per cent for some of the 21,000 Lidl staff members set to receive a hike.
The supermarket – announcing its biggest-ever wage investment – said the pay rise would also recognise the hard work of staff during the pandemic.
Staff members over the age of 23 will benefit from 60p per hour more than the National Living Wage.
It comes as the supermarket is plotting an expansion to 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.