Lidl GB is to increase pay for the third time in 12 months for all of its 24,500 hourly-paid staff members.

Store and warehouse staff working outside the M25 will see their hourly pay rise to £11.40 from £11.00 and to £12.30 with length of service. Meanwhile, pay for those inside the M25 will increase to £12.85 from £11.95, rising to £13.15.

The move represents an overall investment of £8 million for the supermarket and equates to a combined investment of over £60 million into staff pay in the past year.

The news follows Lidl’s recent announcement that it is looking to recruit over 1,500 warehouse team members to work in its regional distribution centres as part of plans to strengthen its infrastructure. The retailer will be opening its biggest warehouse globally in Luton this year and is also planning to have a new centre in Leeds which will create around 400 jobs.

The new pay increase is due to come into effect from September and follows the recent introduction of new colleague benefits such as life assurance and optional health and dental insurance schemes.