Aldi has today confirmed it is seeking to recruit and train more than 500 new store employees throughout 2019, to support its ongoing growth and expansion in Ireland. Aldi plans to open seven new stores this year in Ireland.
Aldi is Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket and has now captured a 10.8% share of Ireland’s grocery market, experiencing its busiest Christmas week ever in 2018, with sales value up over 10% on the previous year.
Aldi welcomed an additional 270,000 new customers to its stores in 2018. It is currently engaged in a new store opening programme, while also investing €60m in revamping and refurbishing its existing stores nationwide, introducing its “Project Fresh” design and layout.
Aldi Ireland also announced today a new minimum rate of pay of €11.90 an hour, matching the Living Wage rate recommended by The Living Wage Technical Group. The move reaffirms Aldi’s position as Ireland’s highest paying supermarket and will make Aldi the first grocery retailer to pay The Living Wage Technical Group’s €11.90 rate. The new rate will be effective from the 1st February 2019.
Speaking today, CEO Aldi UK and Ireland, Giles Hurley said, "We plan on hiring 500 new employees this year to join the Aldi team and contribute to our growth and success. We need the very best people to join our business to help us continue to deliver the highest level of customer service and lowest grocery prices in Ireland. Our expanding store portfolio, market performance and new Project Fresh stores demand that we continue to future proof our business with the best people in retail."