Aldi has announced plans to grow its graduate scheme during 2016. With a starting salary of £42k plus company car and private healthcare it’s a tempting option for anyone looking to make it big in retail. They promise the chance to earn up to £70,000 p.a. within four years of joining and boast that 90 percent of their directors joined the company from university.
Aldi continues to take market share from established high street names, and the company plans to open a further 65 stores by 2022 (taking their total number stores to over 1000).
They are not the only discounter investing in the future of graduates, Lidl is also tempting graduates with a starting salary of up to £38,000 a year plus a company car, significantly more than their more established competitors offering graduates a starting salary between £23k and £30k.
These benefits come at a price, Aldi and Lidl workers have reported intense workloads, no work-life balance, night shifts, poor management and unreliable hours.
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.'