Lidl, the first major nationwide employer to commit to paying the Living Wage in 2015, has made a further commitment to match the latest revised rate recommended by the Living Wage Technical Group effective from March 1, 2019.

Among Lidl’s 4,300 employees nationwide the change will benefit 16% of employees, while all other employees working in Lidl already earn in excess of the Living Wage.

Lidl currently employs a total of 116 staff across Donegal.

Lidl’s eight stores in Donegal are located in: Forquar, Millford; Ardaravan Square, Ardaravan; Port Road, Letterkenny; Pearse Road, Letterkenny; Carnmore Road, Dungloe; Donegal Road, Ballybofey; Station Road, Bundoran; and at the Letterkenny Roundabout, Donegal Town.

Current benefits enjoyed by staff include: Employee Assistance Programme; paid maternity and paternity leave; subsidised Sports and Social; paid sick leave; paid volunteering; pension contributions after one year with the company; and paid health insurance for salaried employees.

In addition to this employees benefit from extensive training and development opportunities which have enabled 43% of our current store management to progress through the company having initially started as Customer Assistants.

Announcing Lidl’s commitment to pay the latest Living Wage, John Paul Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland said: "Lidl is proud to champion the Living Wage in Ireland. Our people are central to our success.

"They look after our customers, drive our operations and support our communities not just across County Donegal but throughout Ireland.

"It is important for us to reward them - not just with market-leading rates but also by creating an environment where our colleagues’ holistic needs are prioritised including their overall sense of wellbeing.

"As part of our Work Safe-Live Well programme we’ve invested in many health and wellbeing initiatives over the past number of years, including the Step Challenge, life-saving Heart and Diabetes screening, Mental Health Awareness campaigns and our confidential Employee Assistance Programme.

"By continually investing in our team, we continue to retain and attract the best employees and, in turn, continue to serve our 1.5 million plus weekly customers the highest quality products cheaper than any of our competitors.”

A similar commitment is being announced today to employees in Lidl Northern Ireland using the UK Living Wage Foundation’s recommended rate of £9 per hour.

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