Aldi creates thousands of new jobs amid coronavirus crisis

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Discount supermarket, Aldi, is creating thousands of new jobs across its UK footprint to ramp up logistics and distribution efforts as demand surges amid the coronavirus crisis.

The supermarket has created 5,000 fixed-term contracts in stores and distribution centres with an immediate start. The contracts are offered on a temporary basis though, it said, these could become permanent in the future.

It is also looking to fill 4,000 new permanent positions across all aspects of the business – including stores, head office and logistics.

The upsurge in staff will enable Aldi to replenish stock more quickly and provide additional assistance to customers visiting stores.

“We want to keep supporting our local communities through these uncertain times, with access to groceries and wages to keep their families going, and we feel we’re in a position to be able to do so through the creation of these new roles,” said Recruitment Director, Kelly Stokes.

“We have a huge number of roles to fill across the business so we’re encouraging everyone who has been affected by Covid-19’s impact on the economy to explore our available roles and see if we can get you back into work.”

Supermarkets across the UK are taking similar initiatives, creating hundreds if not thousands of new roles to cope with demand. Last week, Morrisons announced it was creating an extra 3,500 jobs to expand its home delivery service.