Aldi has this week announced 360 jobs across its Irish stores as well as an increase of its minimum pay rate to €13.85 for employees, making it the first Irish supermarket to introduce the new Living Wage from February 1st.
The announcement comes on the back of a recent survey, commissioned by the retailer, which found that 77 per cent of the population have financial worries due to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Aldi says it has added additional discounts of over 40 per cent on healthy eating and food staple items to help combat the crisis.
Group Managing Director Niall O’Connor said: “We continue to be very aware of this impact, and even more committed to our customers in helping them weather this storm.
“We will continue to shield and protect them with low prices starting with even bigger discounts over the coming year”.
On Aldi’s plans for the coming year, Mr O’Connor said: “We are pleased to announce the creation of a further 360 new jobs in addition to roles currently available across the country, as we look to continue to grow the Aldi team.
“Our wider commercial plan in Ireland will see us continue to expand and develop our store network. We have plans to open six new stores this year, the first of which will be opening shortly in Adamstown. This store will represent the first store opening in Dublin since we announced our ambitious €73 million investment plans for the capital, which will see us build and open 11 new Aldi stores over the coming five years”.