Lidl matches living wage guidelines, becomes highest-paying supermarket

One in five Brits trapped in working poverty

For those living in London, the rate will increase by 45p to £10.20 an hour.

It has set the voluntary rate at £8.75 for workers throughout the United Kingdom - and increase of 30p on its previous rate - and a wage of £10.20 for those working in London.

The increase takes the voluntary United Kingdom living wage to £3.15 more than the mandatory minimum wage for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman said during these "tough times" employers should know that fair pay will bring them real benefits. By paying the real living wage since 2006 KPMG has seen improved staff morale, a rise in service standards, improved retention of staff and increased productivity.

Katherine Chapman, of the Living Wage Foundation, said: 'The new rates will bring relief for thousands of United Kingdom workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation'.

Lidl claimed its rate of pay will be the highest in the supermarket sector, beating closest rival Aldi's announced increase of £8.40 an hour nationally and £9.45 in London, earlier this year. "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".

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Retail giant Lidl is increasing the wages of more than 16,000 of its employees, saying they will be the highest paid supermarket workers in the UK.

Living Wage Convenor Annie Newman said the move was "momentous".

The announcement follows new research by KPMG showing that 5.5 million people across the United Kingdom, or 21% of the workforce, are still paid less than the voluntary rates.

"In-work poverty is today's story", she says. Chief executive Mark Atkinson called the report a "wake-up call" for firms, who must make their workspaces more "inclusive" to keep hold of their valuable employees.

Two cleaners at a Ferrari showroom were sacked last week after walking out on strike in protest at not being paid the living wage. Currently, businesses do not need to pay it but can sign up to it voluntarily.

The campaign group Living Wage Foundation announced today that companies which have voluntarily signed up to its scheme will raise their minimum wage to £8.75 an hour, and £10.20 in London.

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