German retailer Lidl has become the first retailer in Ireland to commit to paying staff the living wage of €11.50 per hour. Ireland’s current minimum wage is €8.65 and so 20% or 700 of Lidl’s staff will benefit from the rise.
Lidl has 143 stores in the country and pointed out that the new rate is 30% higher than the current minimum wage. The living wage is an independently assessed and measured rate of pay that is deemed necessary to have a reasonable standard of living.
John Paul Scally, Managing Director at Lidl Ireland said:
“We are delighted to be the first major nationwide employer to champion the Living Wage in Ireland. Already 80% of our team earn in excess of the living wage, however 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.”
Lidl will implement the rise in pay from November 1st.