Supermarket chain Lidl has said it is to recruit more than 750 new employees to its Irish operations this year.

The jobs will be in a variety of operational and office-based roles across its store network of 214 store locations, four regional distribution centres and its Dublin head office, adding to the team of 6,100 in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Lidl said the new roles are being created to support its growing footprint of stores nationwide, which will see the retailer run 17 property projects in this financial year.

The company said successful candidates will be offered Lidl's benefits packages and learning and development opportunities within the business.

Lidl is also announcing a €10 million investment in pay increases for its workforce of 6,100 people across the island of Ireland, with all employees benefitting from an increase from 1 March.

This increase is in addition to the retailer's commitment to paying the new Living Wage rate of €12.90, as recommended by the Living Wage Technical Group, the first nationwide retailer in Ireland to introduce this back in 2015.