Aldi has said it will create thousands of new jobs across the UK this year, as it plans to “continue growing at speed” in 2024.

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There will be opportunities for 5,500 new staff to join Team Aldi in the UK this year

Aldi has announced it will create a further 5,500 new staff roles, on top of the 45,000 employees it already has around the country, as it ramps up its UK expansion plans.

The discounter said new roles were being created at new stores opening this year, covering store assistants, managers and cleaners. The retailer also said it would be recruiting for 11 new regional distribution centres and within its head office.

Aldi store and warehouse assistants “receive a starting salary of £12.00” an hour, rising to “£12.95 nationally” and £13.55 rising to £13.85 an hour for those working inside the M25.

The retailer said it is the “only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is worth more than an additional £900 a year.”

Giles Hurley, chief executive officer at Aldi UK, said: “Our colleagues work incredibly hard and are without a doubt a huge part of our success at Aldi. We continue to welcome more and more customers to Aldi stores every week, not just because of our unbeatable prices and British sourcing, but also our amazing colleagues.

“We are looking forward to welcoming even more colleagues up and down the country to Team Aldi during 2024 as we progress towards our goal of making affordable, quality food accessible to everyone.”

Aldi’s goal is to open 500 new stores in the UK and will invest £1.3bn on openings over the year.