Lidl has said it has no plans to introduce the living wage in Ireland, as it has done in England, Scotland and Wales, and said it has no further comment to make on the matter. 

More than 9,000 staff at the supermarket chain in England, Scotland and Wales are to receive a pay rise worth £1,200 a year after the discounter said it was hiking its minimum wages there .

Lidl will pay a minimum of £8.20 an hour across England, Scotland and Wales and £9.35 per hour in London from October 1.

But the company said it has no plans to increase wages for its staff in Northen Ireland. In a statement, the company said that Lidl NI, which operates independently of Lidl GB, currently offers "attractive wages for all staff members". 

It said that these wages are reviewed annually and as such in August, it increased the hourly wage paid to staff, to ensure they were in line with the proposed living wage for Northern Ireland. 

"Lidl NI continues to monitor all discussions and proposals in relation to the living wage in Northern Ireland and will review and update accordingly when required," the company added. 

Lidl claims it will be the first supermarket in the UK to adopt the higher rate being set by the Living Wage Foundation.

The supermarket chain also confirmed it would not be raising prices as a result of the wage increases.

But other retailers have warned over the impact of higher staff costs from the UK national living wage, with Next and Whitbread, which owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, last week cautioning they may need to raise prices as a result.

The national living wage announced by British Chancellor George Osborne in his summer budget will see all workers aged 25 and over paid £7.20 an hour from next April, rising to £9 from 2020.

Lidl launched in the UK in 1994 and reported more than £4 billion in sales over the last financial year.