Aldi to hire 1,500 temp staff for festive period

Aldi has announced that it is hiring over 1,500 people to work in its UK stores on a temporary basis over the Christmas.

The supermarket is looking for people to support its permanent colleagues by working on the checkouts, replenishing stock, as well as picking and packing orders made through its click and collect service.

The 1,500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2,000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year. The retailer aims to open an average of one new store a week.

Aldi said that a similar number of permanent jobs are planned for next year.

In addition, Aldi is currently recruiting across its 11 Regional Distribution Centres around the UK for a number of permanent roles, including Warehouse Selectors, Logistics Assistants and Lorry Drivers.

The move comes as the wider retail industry faces an ongoing labour and driver shortage that has seen warehouses increasing wages by up to 30 per cent to attract new staff.

Last week, a warehouse trade group and a recruitment agency for the industry warned that they were finding it difficult to replace the temporary European staff that usually work across UK distribution centres during the festive season.

“We always need extra support over the busy Christmas period but this year especially, temporary store colleagues will play a vital role in keeping our shelves stocked as the nation prepares to reunite with their loved ones after missing out on festive celebrations in 2020,” said Kelly Stokes, recruitment director, Aldi UK. “At the same time, we also want to recognise and thank our amazing colleagues who have been going above and beyond to serve local communities over the past year.

"This is why we will once again be keeping our stores closed on Boxing Day, and it’s been really encouraging to see other retailers committing to do the same this year.”

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