German discount giant Aldi has pledged to create nearly 4000 jobs in the UK amid an unprecedented expansion strategy.
The grocery retailer plans to hire thousands of employees following a recent “sales surge” which saw an extra 900,000 new customers visit its 700 stores last year.
It also revealed it was on track to open 1000 stores by 2020.
Although the majority of jobs are at sub-managerial levels across both regional distribution centres and stores, Aldi has touted its “unrivalled” career development opportunities.
“We need more high-performing individuals to help us achieve our growth plans,” chief executive Matthew Barnes said.
“In return, we offer market-leading pay and benefits and career development opportunities that are unrivalled in the supermarket sector.
“The success of Aldi in the UK is due to the hard work and commitment of our employees, and they are crucial to our future expansion plans.”
The news comes just a day after its rival Lidl announced a similar £1.45 billion expansion drive, pledging to open at least one store a week. It already agreed on sites for between 50-60 new stores.
The Big 4 grocers have been cashing in on rising inflation recently, as import costs due to the weakened pound bleed through to shelf prices.
The bold moves by both Aldi and Lidl could encourage even more shoppers towards the cheaper duo.