Budget supermarket to expand British operation after grabbing record market share from leading chains
Budget supermarket chain Aldi is to create up to 3,000 new jobs in Britain in the coming year as its growth continues to outpace that of pricier rivals. Aldi said it would be hiring across all parts of the business, from store managers to stock assistants, as it seeks to expand its number of outlets in the UK. The company is also looking for “strong personalities” to fill places on its graduate recruitment scheme. “Aldi is looking to recruit more than 100 graduates this year, more than ever before, and with a rolling recruitment deadline, this will continue into next year,” said Richard Holloway, graduate recruitment head. “Strong personalities, work experience, hobbies and leading teams at university are key strengths that we have identified.”
German chains Aldi and Lidl have been taking market share from the top four supermarket chains, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. They grew 26.1% and 11.5% respectively in the 12 weeks to 8 July, achieving record shares of 2.9% during tough trading conditions for the grocery market, which as a whole saw growth fall to 2.1% over the period, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel.