// Aldi to hire over 1500 staff over Christmas
// The discount grocer is preparing for its “biggest-ever Christmas”
Aldi has announced it is hiring over 1500 people to work in its UK stores on a temporary basis over the Christmas period.
The discount grocer is preparing for its “biggest-ever Christmas” and is seeking 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 1500 temporary Christmas store roles are in addition to the 2000 permanent jobs Aldi is also looking to fill by the end of this year as it continues with plans to open one new store a week.
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.
It will also keep all stores shut on Boxing Day as a “thank you” to colleagues. The supermarket has always remained closed on Boxing Day ever since opening in the UK over 30 years ago.
“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,” Aldi UK recruitment director, Kelly Stokes said.
“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.”