Aldi is heading to Chatteris, pays top salaries and needs 30 staff - but can they find them in time to open in February?

The new Aldi store in Chatteris is looking for staff. Photo: Steve Williams

The new Aldi store in Chatteris is looking for staff. Photo: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

Budget supermarket Aldi - which pays its managers a salary of over £45,000 - is looking to hire around 30 people for its new store in Chatteris so that it can open on time next year.

Aldi requires a store manager, three assistant store managers, five deputy store managers, 15 store assistants and five stock assistants for the Bridge Street store.

An Aldi spokesman spoke of the store’s need for immediate staff, saying that “unless we get new staff, we won’t be able to open.”

Those who possess retail or people management experience are being targeted for managerial positions in the store, which is set to open on the site formerly occupied by a Co-operative store that closed in February of this year.

The company has also recently announced that from February 2016, all UK employees will receive a new minimum rate of £8.40 per hour, regardless of their age.

The new rate is significantly higher than the hourly pay offered by many supermarkets and follows significant sustained sales growth and store expansion.

Aldi is particularly looking for workers who have experience managing teams of at least eight people for its assistant store manager roles, which start at a salary of £24,500 a year.

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Deputy store manager roles start from 30 hours per week, with a starting salary of £9.15 per hour rising to £10.75 per hour, plus £3.95 extra per hour when managing the store.

Those applying for the supermarket’s store assistant positions will be required to demonstrate a good level of numeracy to effectively carry out accurate and efficient till operation, and will be responsible for stock management and merchandising.

Graham Hetherington, regional managing director at Aldi said: “We’re looking to attract applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including supermarket, fast-food and clothing chains, who can demonstrate relevant retail experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.”

New staff will be trained in Aldi’s existing stores and applications and more information on all of Aldi’s store positions can be found on Aldi’s recruitment website: