Lidl has announced plans to recruit more than 750 new employees to its Irish operations this year, in a variety of operational and office-based roles across its network of 214 stores, four regional distribution centres, and a Dublin head office.
Successful candidates will be offered Lidl’s market-leading benefits packages and award-winning learning and development opportunities within the business, the discounter announced.
Welcoming the 750 new jobs at Lidl in Ireland, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said, “Lidl’s decision to hire an additional 750 staff this year is a real vote of confidence in the company’s existing teams here, and indeed the retail sector and the Irish economy as a whole.”
In line with Lidl’s recently announced €550 million expansion plan, to take place over the next three years, the company has also announced a €10 million investment in pay increases for the Lidl workforce of 6,100 across the island of Ireland, with all employees benefitting from an increase from 1 March.
This increase is in addition to the retailer’s commitment to paying the new Living Wage rate of €12.90, as recommended by the Living Wage Technical Group – Lidl was the first nationwide retailer in Ireland to introduce this back in 2015.
Commenting on the announcement, Maeve McCleane, director of human resources, Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland, said, “Lidl has long been an employer of choice, and we are pleased to underscore our commitment in maintaining that position with a significant additional €10 million investment in pay increases, as well as offering the most competitive and all-encompassing suite of benefits in the jobs market at present.
“Recognising hard work, rewarding success, and celebrating achievements have always been core to Lidl’s people strategy, so of course we’re pleased to be in a position to further recognise the commitment and dedication demonstrated by our frontline and supports teams, particularly as an essential business throughout the pandemic,” McCleane added.