Our People

With more than 33,000 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 third in the Times Top 100 List of Graduate Employers for 2019, placing us 1st among retailers. We are also The Times Top Graduate Employer of Choice for General Management for the tenth consecutive year! Meanwhile, in Ireland, we were ranked 24th in the gradireland Leading Top 100 Graduate Employers, moving up 9 places from number 35 in 2018.

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 Industrial Placement programmes for university students, offering candidates the opportunity to experience the retail sector prior to graduation.

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We offer market leading rates of pay

Here’s something that’s good to know. We are committed to offering some of the most competitive pay and benefits in retail.

In 2020, we increased wages for our store and logistic colleagues and continued our commitment to matching the recommended Living Wage in Ireland, as set out by The Living Wage Technical Group. 

That means that since 1 February 2020, all of our Irish based colleagues have been paid at least €12.30 per hour. 


It’s good to listen.

Listen and learn. It’s obvious really, but it’s really important not to forget to welcome our colleagues with open arms and ask them how you can improve.

This is why in 2019 we launched our biggest Engagement survey yet. 94% of colleagues took part and we achieved an impressive engagement score of 84%, way above the retail benchmark. We believe in creating a culture where colleagues feel valued and have pride in their work. It stands to reason that engaged colleagues are more productive so we work hard to create a culture of openness and transparency. 

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


People Power

With more than 4,000 colleagues across the country, it’s important to recognise that people are our biggest and most valuable asset, which is why we work hard to create a friendly cooperative place to work where colleagues can feel like they are part of one team delivering ‘Everyday Amazing’.

We are committed to offering every colleague the job satisfaction they need. In addition, we continue to invest in our people through the ongoing provision of training courses, ensuring our colleagues find the personal and professional development they are looking for.

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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.