Aldi is calling for those affected by the collapse of the Arcadia and Debenhams retail empires to apply as it aims to create 4,000 jobs across the UK this year.

The UK supermarket, which announced recently that it would create the jobs as part of a two-year £1.3bn investment in new and upgraded stores and distribution centres, said today that it would very much welcome applications from those recently employed by Arcadia and Debenhams.

In doing so, it hopes to offer long-term retail roles to thousands of people who have lost their jobs as a result of the two high street giants who have recently collapsed.

Kelly Stokes, Recruitment Director at Aldi UK, said: “We are currently opening an average of one new store a week as we continue to try to meet the huge demand for amazing quality food at unbeatable prices that shoppers can only get at Aldi.

“That means finding around 4,000 new Aldi colleagues this year and, if we can do that while also helping those who have recently lost out due to closures elsewhere, we will do.”

Aldi colleagues are the best-paid in the UK supermarket sector. From today, all of its 30,000 store assistants are paid a minimum of £9.55 an hour, or £11.07 inside the M25, while it is also one of the only supermarkets to offer paid breaks.

For more information or to apply, visit www.aldirecruitment.co.uk.

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