Thousands of North West workers set for living wage pay rise

One in five workers are earning below the voluntary living wage KPMG has found

More than two in five (42%) part-time workers in the United Kingdom earned less than the living wage compared to almost one in six (13%) full-time workers, with part-time roles three times more likely to pay below £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London. Lidl said it had committed to an additional annual investment of over £3.5m to cover the cost of the rise.

The budget supermarket's rate now matches the new Living Wage Foundation's voluntary rate, which was announced today.

The report revealed that three in five (59%) who earned below the RLW had experienced a sharp rise in living costs, whereas almost two times as many (17%) noticed a decline in pay compared to those who experienced an increase (9%).

So if you work for Lidl, you might want to send your bosses a thank you.

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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.

They are different to the government's compulsory National Living Wage, which is now set at £7.05 for under 25s and £7.50 an hour for over 25s.

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"In-work poverty is today's story".

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However, Lidl has not formally accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, which would commit the firm to pay rises every year.

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. It stands at £7.50 an hour.

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". "London is one of the most dynamic and prosperous economies in the world, but unfortunately this prosperity isn't shared by all Londoners".

"It is clear that it may not be possible or practical for everyone, but businesses need to do what they can to address the problem of low pay".

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Sadiq Khan added: "Paying the London Living Wage is not only the action of a responsible organisation, but a successful one too. Numerous accredited employers I speak to tell me of the increased productivity and reduced staff turnover that they've experienced since signing up".

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