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Aldi's New Graduate Scheme To Challenge The Private Sector

Both Aldi and Lidl hope to boost their stores with graduate managers earning £30,000+ pa and a company car

With a chance to earn up to £70,000, private healthcare and an Audi company car in 4 years of joining, Aldi are making waves in the graduate jobs section with their new graduate employment schemes.

Announced today, Aldi are looking to bolster their number of graduate employees, as currently, around 90 per cent of Aldi's 180 directors joined from university.

The move comes as a little surprise to some, with experts predicting their market share to hit 15 per cent by 2020 and further cut into the 10% market share Aldi and Lidl have grabbed from more established brands lie Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's.

Other future plans include opening another 65 stores by 2022, and make their number of stores a round 1,000.

Aldi's discount rival Lidl is also being generous in its efforts to tempt trainees, paying up to £38,000 a year plus a company car.

And the budget pair are putting their more high-profile competitors in the shade: they generally pay graduate recruits only between £23,000 and £30,000 currently.

The supermarket also considers those who want a career change after working in another sector.

Lidl employs more than 600 management or consultant level graduates and, like Aldi, UK managing director Ronny Gottschlich joined as a graduate.

However, in return for the City-esque benefits, it seems the company works its graduates as hard as any City bank or law firm.

One Aldi worker on website Glassdoor described it as: 'Intense workload, no work-life balance, night shifts, poor management, unreliable hours. If you get sick you basically have to come into work.'

Another described working at Lidl as 'financial slavery' and said: 'Work-life balance is appalling.' The retailers argue that recruits can progress quickly and have the chance to travel as their networks stretch across the globe.

An Aldi spokesman said: 'We offer a market-leading salary. Yes, we ask a lot of our employees and we ask for commitment but there are great progression opportunities.'

A Lidl spokesman said: 'We promote a healthy work/life balance. We have procedures to ensure our employees feel valued and listened to. Additionally our graduates are offered 35 days' holiday.'

The two chains also pay their general shop staff more than the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour. Aldi offers £8.40 an hour outside London and £9.45 in the capital while Lidl pays £8.20 and £9.35.

  • Date published: 01st January 2016

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