Aldi is hiring 1,500 temporary store workers over the Christmas period in its largest number of workers in the holiday season.
The discounter is looking for temporary recruits to work at the checkouts and restocking departments, as well as preparing orders for its click & collect service. Aldi store staff earn at least £ 9.55 an hour nationally and £ 11.07 an hour in the M25.
The 1,500 add to the 2,000 permanent jobs that Aldi aims to fill by the end of the year in stores, distribution centers and logistics – including truck drivers – to support its growth plans .
Aldi has been pushing his recruiting message with force in recent weeks, including a front page ad in the Metro newspaper saying he has “more jobs than you can do in a kayak” in London.
The supermarket also hosted at least 15 store recruiting events across the country in September.
Aldi also said today that it will close stores again on Boxing Day, as it has done in previous years.
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“We always need extra support during the busy Christmas season, but this year in particular, colleagues in temporary stores will play a vital role in maintaining our shelves as the nation prepares to reunite with loved ones after having missed the festive celebrations in 2020, “said Kelly Stokes, Director of Recruitment at Aldi UK.
“At the same time, we also want to recognize and thank our amazing colleagues who have gone above and beyond to serve local communities over the past year. That’s why we’ll be keeping our stores closed again on Boxing Day, and it’s really encouraging to see more retailers making a commitment to do the same this year.
Commenting as Aldi announced his annual results last week, UK CEO Giles Hurley said he was confident he would maintain good levels of availability for Christmas thanks to his small range compared to larger mults and his predominantly British supply base.
Hurley also said that directly employing more than 75% of its truck drivers helps Aldi ensure that “all of our trucks are going through all of our distribution centers.”
Aldi came out on top as a guest retailer in Grocer 33 in September, notably beating competitors in terms of availability at its Shiremoor store, with just one of 33 items sold out.