UK discounter Lidl GB has announced that from 1st June it is increasing pay for hourly-paid colleagues to a minimum of £12.40 across the country.

The new rate is an increase from £12, and in the London area, Lidl colleagues will see entry level pay rise to £13.65, up from £13.55. Lidl said that the new base rates equal “the best hourly pay in the sector”.

The move represents an investment of over £2.5 million, following a £37 million investment in March 2024, as well as an £8 million raise in September 2023 – this brings the total investment in pay over the past 12 months to nearly £50 million.

Lidl’s hourly pay rates for colleagues also increase with length of service, with pay reaching £13 nationally and £14 within London.

Ryan McDonnell, CEO at Lidl GB, said: “As we continue to expand, we are welcoming more customers and attracting more colleagues into the business every day. It’s absolutely right, therefore, that we continue to offer industry-leading pay.”

Stephanie Rogers, chief human resources officer at Lidl GB, said: “The critical role that our colleagues play in driving our growth is always front of mind for us, which is why we’re committed to offering extremely competitive pay alongside a raft of other benefits.

“We want to continue to support and strengthen the teams that run our stores and warehouses every day, whilst attracting the best new talent. This latest investment helps us to do just that.”