Tim O’Leary of MMD Construction, Denzel Balfour, Property Director at ALDI Ireland and James Barrett of MMD Construction at the turning of the sod on a new €7m Aldi store late last month in Kanturk. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Aldi announces 93 jobs in Cork

Aldi’s recruitment drive continues as this week the supermarket giant announced they are seeking people to fill 93 vacancies in Cork.

In total the company is seeking to fill 450 vacancies across the retailers’ 153 store network in Ireland. It is recruiting for store assistants including 57 permanent positions and 36 fixed term contract positions in its Cork stores.

Recruitment has already begun as the company continues to open new stores and sees an increase in customer demand across its existing store network, while the retailer prepares for the busy Christmas period.

The demand for new recruits in Cork is being driven by an increase in store openings in Cork, along with an increase in customer numbers and existing vacancies. The new recruits will join the 1,000+ strong team in Cork currently and the 4,650 Aldi team in Ireland and will benefit from a competitive package including market leading rates of pay and career progression opportunities.

The company created 1,050 jobs at the beginning of 2020 and added 600 new jobs to that in 2021, supporting the additional 4 new stores opened last year.

Aldi has made a capital investment of €226 million in Cork since opening Aldi’s first Irish store here in 1999. In February 2022, Aldi increased its hourly pay rates for store colleagues, maintaining its position as Ireland’s best paying supermarket. Aldi pays all store assistants up to €14.90 an hour, with a market leading entry rate of €12.90 an hour.

The recruitment drive comes following a number of significant investment announcements by Aldi in recent weeks including the €63m investment in the west of Ireland and an €8.5 million supplier contract announcement with Broderick’s and Cookie Dó.

Niall O’Connor, Aldi Ireland Group Managing Director, said: “More than ever, our focus is firmly on great value and providing this for our customers, people and the communities in which we operate. Across our 153 stores, and 25 in Cork, we are delivering for customers at a time when household expenses and value have never been more important. Food spend is a significant monthly outlay for households.

“The cost of living crisis is impacting us all. Aldi is responding by continuing to maintain a price advantage, adding new Irish and local suppliers to our network, extending contracts with existing suppliers, in addition to reinvesting in Ireland with four new stores opened to date in 2022, along with two more to come before the end of the year.”

“In continuing to provide the best value and service to our customers, it begins with our people. We have a dedicated and talented team of 4,650 people across our 153 stores. We are always looking for talented, hardworking and committed people to join the Aldi family, as we continue to grow and develop the business in Ireland.

“We’re keen to fill these 93 positions quickly as our stores are busier than ever and as we approach the Christmas period.”

Interested applicants can apply for open vacancies throughaldirecruitment.ie.