Aldi to hire 6,000 new staff across the UK
The discount supermarket has confirmed it is creating more than 6,000 new roles this year as part of its expansion plan.
It currently has more than 990 shops and employs around 40,000 people.
This year it plans to expand with new shops opening in locations including Norwich, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Shrewsbury in the next month.
It comes as food prices have risen significantly in the last year during the cost-of-living crisis, with basic food prices up 30% annually, and shoppers are seeking out cheaper prices.
Which? found it to be the cheapest UK supermarket in January. It was also awarded the title of cheapest supermarket of the year, for the second year in a row, for 2022 by the consumer group.
It has also recently joined the surplus food platform, Too Good To Go, to sell ‘Magic Bags’ costing £3.30 which contain £10 worth of groceries nearing their end date.
Staff paid a minimum of £11 an hour
Staff will be required at the new locations and it is also hiring 450 workers across its 11 distribution centres. All of the new jobs will be advertised on the Aldi recruitment website.
Store assistants at Aldi receive a starting pay of £11 an hour nationally and £12.45 for shops within the M25 and all breaks are paid for.
It has also recently increased the amount it pays its 7,000 warehouse staff, who are now paid a minimum of £13.18 an hour.
This is higher than the government’s National Living Wage, for those aged 23 and over, which is £9.50, rising to £10.52 in April and the National Minimum Wage for those of at least school leaving age.
The news comes a few weeks after rival supermarket Tesco announced it was closing its meat, fish and hot deli counters which would affect around 2,100 jobs,
‘Demand for Aldi has never been higher’
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer of Aldi UK, said: “Demand for Aldi has never been higher as more and more people realise they can make significant savings on every shop without compromising on quality.
“It’s more important than ever that we are making it even easier for more people to shop with us – including by opening dozens of new stores.
“Our success is dependent on the amazing work that colleagues do, day in and day out, and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands more colleagues to Team Aldi throughout 2023.”