01 August 2012 10:20
Grocery retailer Aldi is to create an additional 3000 jobs to aid its store expansion plans in the UK and boost existing store staffing levels.
The new positions will include opportunities at all levels from store assistant to manager and will also include an additional 100 jobs on Aldi's graduate scheme which pays its new starters £40,000 per annum. Candidates should have a minimum 2:1 degree to apply and need to be able to "offer something beyond academic achievements" according to Head of Graduate Recruitment Richard Holloway at Aldi. He goes on to say that the company is looking for "Strong personalities, work experience, hobbies and leading teams at university" having identified these as "key strengths".
Popularity for discount supermarkets has soared during the double-dip recession with both Aldi and Lidl having their highest ever share of the market at 2.9pc each as shoppers seek cheaper alternatives when buying their groceries. Research by the consultancy Kantar Worldpanel shows sales growth of 26.1pc in the 12 weeks to July 8 for the German retailer who now has over 400 UK stores. This is despite negative growth in the grocery sector as a whole, which dropped 2.1pc in the same period.