Aldi to create 35,000 jobs by 2022
Aldi plans to create 35,000 new jobs in the UK over the next eight years by more than doubling in size.
The German discount retailer said it would create the new jobs as David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and George Osborne, the Chancellor, visited its UK headquarters in the Midlands.
Aldi has already announced plans to expand to 1,000 stores by 2022, and the jobs will be created as a result of these new store openings.
Aldi is growing sales rapidly in the UK as shoppers desert the “Big Four” grocery retailers, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Wm Morrison.
Matthew Barnes, group managing director of Aldi UK, said: “Our expansion plans mean that we can accommodate growing shopper numbers, while ensuring that there is an Aldi store only a short drive away from people, no matter where they live in the country.
“We are opening our doors across the UK, making it even easier for people to shop and save with us.”
The latest industry figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed Aldi sales grew by 27.3pc in the 12 weeks to October 12. Sales for Aldi’s rival Lidl also rose 18.1pc.
These increases are in sharp contrast to the struggles of Britain’s traditional supermarkets.
This week, Sainsbury’s is expected to report a fall in sales for the last six months and a 12.5pc drop in profits.
Mr Cameron said: “Aldi’s plans to create tens of thousands more jobs across the country are a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create more jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain.
“This news will mean more financial security for hardworking families and opportunities for young people who want to get on in life.”