Aldi has unveiled its largest ever recruitment and training drive which will see it create 4,000 extra UK jobs.
Aldi is looking to fill 4,000 roles across its stores and regional distribution centres following a surge in sales after welcoming more than 900,000 new customers in the last year.
The jobs are predominantly at store assistant, assistant store manager and deputy store manager levels.
Aldi is the UK’s highest-paying supermarket, with all store employees earning a minimum of £8.53 nationally and £9.75 if they work in London.
The supermarket has also invested heavily in its training programme. In 2016, Aldi colleagues attended 1,277 external training courses across store management, logistics and directorship levels, at a cost in excess of £1m.
This includes investment in the prestigious area manager programme, which helped the retailer maintain its second place in The Times Top 100 list of graduate employers for 2016.
Matthew Barnes, chief executive officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “The success of Aldi in the UK is due to the hard work and commitment of our employees, and they are crucial to our future expansion plans.
“Our approach is to recruit the best people in retail and invest in their long-term career development to ensure they operate in an environment where they feel engaged, motivated and challenged.”
Earlier this year Aldi became the UK’s fifth largest-supermarket by market share and opened its landmark 700th store, as well as a new distribution centre in Cardiff. It currently has over 700 stores across the country and remains on course to open 1,000 stores by 2022.
Barnes added: “We need more high-performing individuals to help us achieve our growth plans. In return we offer market-leading pay and benefits and career development opportunities that are unrivalled in the supermarket sector.”