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Lidl GB To Hire 1,000 Staff In Britain Over Five Months

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German-owned discount supermarket Lidl GB said it would hire 1,000 hourly paid staff in Britain over the next five months for its new stores and warehouses.

The new recruits will earn a minimum of £10.90 ($12.43) an hour outside of London and £11.95 inside the M25 motorway.

The company, which had raised staff pay for the second time this year in September, said the new roles would include part-time and full-time roles with pay increase of up to £12 to £13 depending on the length of service and location.

Cost Of Living

The hiring plan comes at a time when competition to attract and retain staff is heating up in a tight UK labour market amid a rise in cost of living.

Britain's biggest retailer and one of the country's largest private sector employers Tesco has been facing union calls to increase store workers' pay after several rivals raised hourly rates for a second time this year.

Shop Price Inflation

The climb in prices charged by shops and supermarkets in Britain accelerated again in the 12 months to September, hitting its highest since records began in 2005, the British Retail Consortium said last week.

Elsewhere, the British arm of German discounter Aldi reported a 79% slump in 2021 operating profit but said trading had accelerated over the past six months as pandemic restrictions were lifted and shoppers sought savings to tide over a cost-of-living crisis.

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