German discounter Lidl has increased its minimum wage by 30% in Romania. The supermarket has also increased its salaries in Slovakia which would benefit its 3,800 work force in the country. Lidl Romania has about 4,000 employees in the country.
Lidl increased the minimum wage in Romania with effect from 1st of October. Any full-time employee, whether working in shops or warehouses earns at least 2,199 lei gross (1,568 of lei net), an amount that includes food stamps. This spring the minimum gross wage in the company was 1,697 lei, an amount that included food stamps. “We intend to develop remuneration packages and benefits further, representing a long-term priority for us. Accordingly, we will continue to invest in personal and professional development of our people “, said Frank Wagner, chairman of the board of Lidl Romania.
The German discounter, completing five years in Romania, has doubled the network to 200 stores and exceeded one billion euros in revenue. Lidl will reach 22 stores in the capital after opening a new store in Berceni.
Lidl Slovakia spokesman Thomas Bezák said that the growth of the company in the recent period showed great improvement and the current wage rise would benefit more than 90 percent of its employees in the country. According to the portal platy.sk, the average wage in retail industry for a clerk is € 526. The average wage in Lidli for this position is now almost 40 percent higher, said Bezák.