Every Lidl helps: How much supermarkets pay staff - and which offers the best salary

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Lidl is looking to expand UK store numbers (Lidl)
Lidl is looking to expand UK store numbers (Lidl)

Lidl has said it will become the highest paying supermarket in the UK, as it set out wage rises to recognise the hard work of staff and attract new employees.

Lidl GB said entry level pay will rise to £11.30 an hour from £10.85 within the M25, and to £10.10 from £9.50 outside of the capital. That will come into effect from March 2022.

The discounter, which this month launched its Christmas advert campaign, said the move will directly benefit more than 21,000 employees (those who work in Lidl’s stores or regional distribution centres).

The company wants to boost UK store numbers to 1000 by the end of 2023. It now has around 860 branches here, of which more than 100 are in London.

Christian Härtnagel, chief executive of Lidl GB said: “At Lidl, our frontline colleagues are the backbone of our business. They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months of the Covid-19 crisis and are integral to our future success.

“We have ambitious plans to grow our business across Great Britain, and to do that we need to ensure we attract and look after the best talent at every level of our business.”

The update comes at a time when many grocers are competing to secure festive workers.

Here are what other companies in the sector are paying staff as stands in November 2021:


Store assistants currently start on £9.55 nationwide but can go up to £10.57 after three years, and £11.07 in London which can rise to £11.32 after two years.


The chain’s minimum hourly rates are £9.36 or £9.95 depending on the location of the store, whilst London-based staff earn £10.51 per hour.

Marks & Spencer

Pay for all permanent staff in the UK is at least £9.50 per hour. That increases to £10.75 for the team working in greater London and £10.95 for central London.


The business said it offers pay of at least £10 an hour for store staff.


The hourly rate for Sainsbury’s and Argos staff is £9.50. Pay for those working in Zones 1 and 2 of Central London get £10.10.


Hourly-paid store and customer fulfilment centre workers get £9.55 per hour.

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