The Lidl living wage of £8.20/£9.35 per hour should not be confused with the Government’s National Living Wage (NLW) of £7.20 per hour (no London weighting) for those aged 25 and over, effective from April 2016. The NLW is essentially a premium minimum wage rate that excludes those aged 21-25 who are currently entitled to the highest minimum wage rate. They may, however, find themselves more employable if employers want to avoid paying the NLW.
For Lidl and other employers who pay the living wage rate set by the Living Wage Foundation, it seems to be good PR.
Discount grocer Lidl is to become the first British supermarket to pay its workers the living wage.
From October 1 all Lidl employees in the UK will be paid at least £8.20 an hour across England, Scotland and Wales, while staff working in London will get £9.35 an hour.
This will equate to an average wage increase of £1,200 a year, with 9,000 of Lidl UK’s 17,000-strong workforce and all age brackets benefitting from the rise.
The move follows the Government’s announcement in July’s Budget of a new ‘national living wage’, due to be introduced from next April.