Aldi is to create 3,000 new jobs in the UK in the next year as its expands its store portfolio.

The German discounter will hire in positions across the business including on the shop floor and 100 jobs on its graduate recruitment scheme, The Telegraph reported.

Aldi has enjoyed strong growth in recent months. In the 12 weeks to June 19 it grew 24.7% and now has a market share of 2.8%, equal to that of archrival Lidl.

Aldi’s head of graduate recruitment Richard Holloway said: “Aldi is looking to recruit more than 100 graduates this year, more than ever before, and with a rolling recruitment deadline, this will continue into next year.  

“We’re looking for outstanding candidates who can offer something beyond academic achievements. Strong personalities, work experience, hobbies and leading teams at university are key strengths that we have identified.”

The retailer said it will create a new six week training programme for new store recruits.