GERMAN SUPERMARKET CHAIN Aldi will hire 450 new employees this year as part of its nationwide store expansion plans.
The retailer is looking to hire area and store managers, assistant store managers and store assistants.
Area managers will earn a starting wage of €61,000, rising to €92,000 over four years, as well as a fully expensed Audi A4.
Store managers start on €50,000 a year, rising to €69,000 after four years.
The supermarket said that it is seeking to build on the momentum that has seen it grow 22 per cent year-on-year, now controlling a total of eight per cent of the market.
There are a total of 107 stores around the country, with around 2,400 employees.
Aldi Mitchelstown region managing director said that the company is planning to open seven new stores this year.
O’Connor said: “The financial and benefits packages we offer are extremely competitive, with our hourly rates some 30 per cent above the industry norm. We also have one of the highest staff satisfaction and retention rates in the industry, with many of our team still with us from our earliest days in Ireland.”
Laya plans Dublin expansion
Elsewhere, Laya Healthcare has announced 50 jobs to go along with the opening of its Dublin headquarters.
The insurer said that it has grown its customer base in the capital by more than 16 per cent in the last two years.
Recruitment has already started for the positions, which will be filled over the next two years. The positions are spread across the sales, customer service and claims teams in particular.
Managing director Donal Clancy said: “In formally establishing a presence in Dublin, we are consolidating our position as Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider.”