Aldi, the German-based supermarket chain, plans to create job openings all over the UK in its retail segment. In a recent statement by the supermarket, Aldi will be creating 4000 jobs in different parts of the country and have urged employees who have lost their jobs due to the collapse of Arcadia and Debenhams to apply as soon as possible.
Aldi has more than 10,000 supermarkets in 20 countries and is planning to invest £1.3 billion over two years. The German discount giant will open 100 new stores in the UK between 2021 and 2022. The business which entered the UK almost 30 years ago has witnessed a significant rise in sales in the last few years and seems to always do well in a crisis. The recent investment will focus on upgrading current stores and distribution centres which will form part of their drive to employ staff throughout the year. Aldi has made it clear they will welcome ex-employees who lost their job from two major retail giants, Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group and Debenhams.
During the pandemic situation, more than 25,000 people lost their jobs as these two retail empires collapsed. Almost 12,000 employees of Debenhams are expected to lose their job in the coming weeks and all 118 physical stores are about to close. Last week, Debenhams’s economic operation, brands, and stores were acquired by Boohoo Group but it is not clear if jobs will be saved.
The shutdown of most of the stores of Arcadia Group will see 13,000 jobs lost. Fashion brands, Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, and HIIT has been acquired by Asos, leaving a question mark over the fate of the high street operations which will be unlikely to form part of their ongoing strategy.
In a press meeting, Kelly Stokes, Aldi UK recruitment director said that on average they are opening 1 new store a week in their endeavour to provide quality foods at an unbeatable price to their shoppers. Aldi also mentioned that the expansion and upgrading of supermarket stores is a long-term project and aims to support thousands of employees who lost their job in 2020 and 2021.
The recruitment of 4,000 new Aldi staff this year is a positive sign for the United Kingdom, and a welcome boost to people who are seeking employment. The company’s approach towards its employees is always acknowledged as the UK’s best-paid grocery operator, paying employees £9.55 per hour or £11.07 inside the M25.