Lidl looks to recruit 120 workers in Mansfield and Ashfield

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Lidl UK has announced that it will attend this year’s Ashfield and Mansfield Invest’s Jobs Fairs as it looks to bring as many as 120 new jobs to the local area in the near future.

The award-winning retailer, which plans to open a number of new stores in the Ashfield district over the next five years, will set up shop at jobs fairs in Kirkby and Mansfield in September.

Members of Lidl’s team will be on hand at the events to provide information on employment opportunities and careers with the company.

Plans for a new Lidl store on the old Pretty Polly site on Mansfield Road in Sutton-in-Ashfield were refused planning permission by Ashfield District Council in December last year.

Since then, Lidl has worked with the council to address the issues that led to the refusal and a new, revised application for the site was submitted in April.

The council’s planning committee is expected to make a decision on the proposals later this month.

Jo Hawley, Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, said: “We’re really looking forward to attending this year’s Ashfield and Mansfield jobs fairs. Our plans for Nottinghamshire, which represent a multimillion pound investment in the county, include launching several new stores in Ashfield.

This has the potential to create more than 100 new jobs for local people.

“Should our proposals for Sutton-in-Ashfield - the first stage in our plans for the district - be granted planning consent, up to 40 new full and part-time jobs will be generated.

“The jobs fairs, therefore, present us with an excellent opportunity to speak to members of the local community about working for us.

“As well as new employment opportunities, the proposed store will also provide more choice for local shoppers and bring a key local site, which has been left disused for more than 10 years, back into commercial use.” New starters at Lidl stores are among the best paid in the industry, after Lidl announced plans last November to give all 16,000 of its hourly-paid employees a pay rise. This includes the increase of entry-level wages to the new voluntary Living Wage rate of £8.75 per hour, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. In 2015, Lidl became the first British supermarket to commit to paying the real Living Wage.