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Expanding Aldi to create 5,000 jobs at 80 new stores

Supermarket chain Aldi has announced it is to create 5,000 jobs and open 80 new stores this year under expansion plans.

Jobs at the new stores will include managers, stock assistants and store staff, who join a total work force of 28,000 people.

Aldi's vast expansion plans come amid a price war in the supermarket industry. Credit: PA Wire

The German-owned company has appealed for "long-term" workers as part of an expansion that takes its number of outlets to 700.

Regional managing director Ruth Doyle said: "We're looking for individuals with a real passion for retail who are seeking a long-term career with a growing and ambitious business."

Aldi is notable for paying employees a minimum rate of £8.40 an hour (£9.45 in London) that clearly exceeds the Government's new national living wage of £7.40 for adults from April.

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