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150000 workers to receive increased living wage

07 November 2017

The change, which will be announced on Monday, will affect over 150,000 employees who work for the 3,600 companies who pay the voluntary wage that aims to reflect the wage needed to sustain a decent quality of life.

In 2015 the supermarket invested £9m into starting to pay its staff the "real" living wage, claiming to become the first supermarket in the United Kingdom to do so. "It's even more appalling when you consider the average pay for a FTSE 100 boss is now over 300 times that of a minimum wage worker".

Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman said during these "tough times" employers should know that fair pay will bring them real benefits.

Director of the Living Wage Foundation, Katherine Chapman, said that the living wage is necessary because it reflects the "real cost of living in the United Kingdom and London".

Lidl is clearly dedicated to the living wage, having previous form when it comes to investing in it, so we can expect the chain to put its money where its mouth is.

Firms already accredited by the Living Wage Foundation and paying the voluntary living wage include Aviva, British Gas, Ikea, and Nationwide.

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From next year, accredited living wage employers in Scotland will increase their hour rate by 30p to £8.75 an hour.

Lidl has announced that it will be increasing wages of more than 16,000 of its employees next year, as a result of a bump in the living wage.

It differs from the government's national living wage, which replaced the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over in April 2016. "Millions of people are living in poverty despite being part of working households", TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said.

The foundation said the 2017 increase has been driven by inflation, as well as an increase in rent and transport costs.

"We firmly believe that paying the living wage is the right thing to do as a responsible employer", Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said. This contrasted with a sustained drop in debt levels for those earning above the Living Wage.

150000 workers to receive increased living wage