Our People

With more than 30,000 employees in the UK and Ireland and plans to employ another 35,000 more by 2020, it’s fair to say that people are our biggest and most brilliant asset. Which is why we work hard to create a friendly cooperative place to work, where staff feel like they are part of one incredible team. As well as offering every employee the job security they need, we invest in a whole range of fantastic training courses year after year, making sure all our staff find the personal development they are looking for. We believe that building a culture of creativity and excellence is the only way to keep our people happy and deliver what our customers need. And here’s just a few ways we’re doing just that.

 An award-winning employer

Attracting and recruiting new talent is also something we’ve been winning plenty of recognition for in recent times.

In fact, Aldi is second in the Times Top 100 List of Graduate Employers for 2016, placing us 1st among retailers. We are also The Times Top Graduate Employer of Choice for General Management for the eighth consecutive year! Meanwhile, in Ireland, we were ranked 16th in the gradireland Leading Top 100 Graduate Employers, moving up 10 places from number 26 in 2015.

No wonder we’re so proud. The Times Top 100 rankings are compiled every year, based on feedback from over 18,000 graduates. Since they established in 1999, no retailer has been ranked in the top two until this year and we’ve now featured in the top ten for nine years in a row… Go us!

We also run an Industrial Placement programme for university students, offering candidates the opportunity to experience the retail sector prior to graduation.

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The living wage

Here’s something that’s good to know – we are committed to offering the best pay and benefits in the industry.

In 2015, we increased wages for our shop floor staff to above the rate paid by all our supermarket rivals and announced that all employees would meet or exceed the Living Wage in the UK and Ireland in 2016, including the higher London Living Wage.

That means that since 1 February 2016, all of our UK employees have been paid at least £8.40 an hour and £9.45 an hour in London. Similarly, in Ireland the living wage of €11.50 an hour has been introduced.

Around 5000 staff received a pay rise as a result.

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It’s good to listen

Listen and learn. It’s obvious really, but it’s really important not to forget that the best way to stay at the top of the recruitment drive is to welcome your staff with open arms and ask them how you can improve.

Which is why in 2016 we rolled out our biggest Employee Engagement survey yet achieving an impressive engagement score of 85%, way above the retail benchmark.

We believe in creating a culture where employees feel valued and have pride in their work. It stands to reason that engaged employees are more productive so we work hard to create a culture of openness and transparency.

So, having listened to all our staff feedback, we’re now focusing on key areas like training and personal development, ensuring all our staff know it’s good to talk.

People Power

We’re investing in training and recruitment more than ever! People are our business and we understand how important they are. To prove it we’ve created an Academy at our distribution centre in Mitchelstown, County Cork to handle the training and development of new and existing staff.

Aldi Ireland offer on-the-job training and inductions to develop their professional, technical and interpersonal skills, as well as a new performance review process to ensure all employees get the right feedback and are able to openly discuss their personal development and career progression.

We’ve even launched new courses such as health and wellbeing, to make sure our employees are supported with the skills to do their job more effectively.

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Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Part of being a great employer means offering a culture that values the differences of everyone it employs. This means we treat all employees, customers, job applicants, contractors, suppliers and visitors equally with fairness and respect.

At Aldi we value diversity above all else and offer fair and equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, disability or sexuality. Our commitment extends to all levels of the company. Visit one of our stores and you will see what a diverse company we are. Our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Their varied knowledge and experience is a source of new ideas and creativity.

2015 also saw the launch of the Aldi Benefits website, which is a portal any employee can use free of charge, where they can gain access to discounted products and services from a range of organisations.