Aldi has kicked off a major recruitment drive in a bid to take on 4,000 new employees across its stores and distribution centres.

The discounter will make a “record” investment in the UK as part of the recruitment and training push.

Aldi said the jobs up for grabs are predominantly for the roles of store assistant, assistant store manager and deputy store manager.

The retailer, which leapfrogged the Co-op earlier this year to become Britain’s fifth-biggest grocer, already invests heavily in its employees.

Aldi is the highest-paying UK supermarket, with staff across the country earning at least £8.53 per hour and those working in London on a rate of £9.75.

It also shelled out more than £1m last year on almost 1,300 external training course across store management, logistics and directorship levels.

1,000 stores

Aldi opened its 700th store earlier this year and plans to reach the 1,000 mark by 2022.

Aldi’s pledge to take on 4,000 new workers to support that growth comes as German discount rival Lidl ratchets up its store opening programme.

Lidl’s new UK boss Christian Hartnagel told The Telegraph that the grocer would open between 50 and 60 new stores per year, having launched 30 in 2016.

Aldi’s UK and Ireland boss Matthew Barnes said: “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.

“Our approach is to recruit the best people in retail and invest in their long-term career development to ensure they operate in an environment where they feel engaged, motivated and challenged.”