Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

800 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
18 October 2021
Employment effect (start)
18 October 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2021


Lidl, a German retail chain has invested in opening stores in Estonia since 2018.  During the fourth quarter of 2021 the company is finalising the construction of eight stores across four towns in Estonia for which is currently seeking to hire workers. In a press release, Lidl announced that 800 employees will be hired. No previous experience is expected. The employees will be rotating their tasks throughout the day. This means that all employees will be expected to display products and check freshness, bake, serve customers at the checkout and ensure the cleanliness of the storeroom.

Lidl claims to offer a pay level that is 25% higher compared to the sector's average and is set to increase on an annual basis. The hourly pay will be €6,4 in the capital and €6.1 in other towns. Therefore, wages amount to more than €1,000 gross per month. Moreover, Lidl will offer additional health insurance to its employees.

Lidl is represented in 32 countries around the world, managing 11,550 stores and more than 200 logistics centres. The company employs more than 341,000 workers worldwde.



Eurofound (2021), Lidl Eesti, Business expansion in Estonia, factsheet number 105435, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105435.