Lidl boosts wages above its grocery rivals

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The low-priced supermarket said that it would be increasing entry-level wages from £8.45 to £8.75 per hour outside of London and £9.75 to £10.20 within the M25, in-line with the increase in living wage announced on Monday.

Lidl's pay rate is higher than the Government's National Living Wage rate of £7.50 an hour, which was introduced in April previous year, for workers aged 25 and above.

Unlike the national minimum wage, the living wage is an hourly rate of pay set independently and updated annually that is calculated with reference to the basic cost of living in the UK.

Dr Wanda Wyporska, the executive director of The Equality Trust, said: "It's incredible to see so numerous UK's largest businesses refuse to pay their staff a living wage".

Chapman said the national living wage was not enough to cover the true cost of living, particularly in London. "As the first Living Wage airport, bringing a pay-rise to 3,200 workers, Heathrow sets an example for other major United Kingdom employers to follow".

Workers under 25, are still paid the lower National Minimum Wage.

The wages are worked out by the Resolution Foundation think tank and overseen by the Living Wage Commission.

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Speaking at the start of Living Wage Week 2017, Sadiq Khan said: "I pledged to ensure the London Living Wage rises to beyond £10 and I am delighted that has been achieved". Currently, businesses do not need to pay it but can sign up to it voluntarily.

Industry figures revealed this summer that the chain's increasing popularity showed no sign of slowing as Lidl overtook Waitrose to become the seventh-largest supermarket in the UK.

LIDL is to give a pay rise to its 16,000 employees, overtaking Aldi to become the UK's highest-paying supermarket.

"These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they - like the Hackney Citizen - join us because they too believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay".

It's important to note that the "real" living wage is different from the government's national minimum wage, now known as the National Living Wage (if you're over 25).

Living Wage Week 2017 runs until 11 November, with events taking place across the UK.