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Aldi to become first retailer in Ireland to introduce €12.30 per hour Living Wage rate.

Posted on: 23 Jan 2020

Aldi Ireland today announced that it will increase its minimum rate of pay for 2020 to €12.30 per hour. Aldi will be the first Irish retailer to implement The Living Wage Technical Group’s rate for its employees, reaffirming its position as Ireland’s highest paying supermarket. The new rates will be effective from 1st February. Aldi Store Assistants will earn up to €14.10 per hour.


Aldi also confirmed the creation of 550 new jobs for 2020. This follows on from the retailer having successfully surpassed its goal to hire 500 staff in 2019. Employment opportunities are available at Store Assistant, Assistant Store Manager and Store Manager levels across its 140 stores nationwide. Aldi is committed to investing in its people and provides the opportunity for staff to progress their career into senior management.  


2020 will be a productive year for Aldi as it plans to open nine new stores across the country. It also plans to renovate 14 stores as part of its award winning Project Fresh initiative.


Giles Hurley, CEO for Aldi UK & Ireland commented on the recruitment plans for 2020 saying:

“At Aldi we pride ourselves in being one of the best employers in the country, employing almost 4,000 staff from across Ireland and paying them accordingly for the quality work they do. That is why we are delighted to announce that Aldi will again meet the Living Wage Technical Group’s recommended minimum wage of €12.30 per hour, in addition to our plans to hire 550 new staff throughout the year.”


Aldi retained its position as ‘Ireland’s most reputable retailer’ (Reptrak 2019) for the third year in a row this year, as well as being recognised as Ireland’s Best Family-Friendly Supermarket at the National Parenting Product Awards 2019 for the second consecutive year.


Full details of the different roles available in each county are now available at:



About Aldi

Aldi has been Ireland’s fastest growing supermarket for most of the last ten years, achieving a 11.3% market share (Kantar Worldpanel data).


Employing almost 4,000 people, the company operates a network of 140 stores across the country, with stores in each county in the Republic of Ireland.


Aldi is investing €160m to expand and upgrade its Irish store network. It has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores, while Project Fresh sees a further €60m investment to revamp the layout and design of all 140 Aldi stores nationwide.


Aldi is attracting thousands of new customers in Ireland every year with its range of award-winning products and exclusive brands.


Aldi was the number one Irish retailer at the 2019 Great Taste Awards, with four of its own-brand products winning the most coveted three gold stars award - more than any other supermarket in Ireland.  Aldi also won 30 Blás na hEireann Awards and 40 Irish Quality Food Awards in 2019.


Aldi was ranked as the most reputable supermarket in Ireland by Irish consumers for the third year in a row by the prestigious RepTrak survey.


The company’s current initiatives include:

  • Aldi has been Ireland’s highest paying supermarket for over a decade. Aldi will become the first supermarket to pay staff the Living Wage Technical Group’s €12.30 rate, coming into effect from the 1st February 2019.
  • Aldi has made a capital investment of more than €1.2 billion in Ireland since entering the market in 1999. 
  • Each year Aldi contributes to the generation of over €1 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Irish economy.
  • Aldi Ireland is stocked by over 200 Irish suppliers.
  • Aldi has agreed a three-year, €900,000 extension to its partnership with leading youth organisation Foróige. Aldi funds a number of exciting activities, including the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards and the Aldi Foróige Junior Baking Competition.
  • Aldi partners with FoodCloud to donate food from all 140 stores to charity partners nationwide, helping to alleviate food poverty and food waste. To date, Aldi has donated 1.5 million meals to charities, equating to a saving of more than €2 million for the charity partners involved.
  • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of the IRFU and the sponsor of Aldi Play Rugby, a programme that encourages school children to lead healthy, active lifestyles.  Aldi Play Rugby was named the Best Grass Roots Sponsorship at the 2018 Irish Sponsorship Awards.
  • Aldi is the official sponsor of the Aldi Community Games, ensuring young people have the opportunity to participate in the Games. 
  • Aldi is a verified member of Bord Bia’s national sustainability programme Origin Green. 
  • Aldi has invested more than €1,500,000 in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, providing Irish food and drink companies with the opportunity to gain a listing at Aldi’s 140 stores.
  • Aldi recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for suppliers that transact up to €300,000 annually with Aldi.
  • Aldi Ireland was crowned Ireland’s Best Family-Friendly Supermarket for the second year in a row at the National Parenting Product Awards 2019.
  • A wide-ranging packaging and plastics reduction plan is being implemented across Aldi’s Irish operations. Aldi has pledged that 100% of its own-label packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022 and committed to a 50% reduction in all product packaging by 2025 (relative to 2015 levels), working towards the goal that half of all Aldi product packaging will be made from recycled material by 2025.
  • Aldi was the first retailer in Ireland to pledge to buy 100% of its bananas from sustainable sources.
  • Aldi’s entire own-label household and beauty range has been accredited as cruelty free certified by leading animal protection organisation, Cruelty Free International.
  • Aldi has banned all microbeads and microplastics from products since 2015.
  • Aldi was the first retailer in Ireland to restrict the sale of energy drinks to under 16s.
  • Aldi achieved the ISO 50001 internationally recognised energy management certification in November 2015. This certification covers all stores, Regional Distribution Centres and offices in both the UK and Ireland. This accreditation highlights Aldi’s commitment to effectively manage its energy consumption and reduce its impact on the environment.