Two supermarket giants have announced plans to recruit thousands of workers ahead of the busy festive season.

Aldi is creating 3,000 permanent and temporary jobs, while Morrisons is looking for 3,500 extra staff to work in its stores, food manufacturing sites and logistics operations.

It is hoped that this major recruitment will help the supermarkets deal with the expected increased demand over the Christmas period.

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“It’s never been more important to us to make affordable high-quality food accessible to all, especially at Christmas,” said Kelly Stokes, recruitment director at Aldi UK.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of new colleagues to our stores and regional distribution centres over the coming months.

“Our colleagues play such a vital role in keeping our shelves stocked throughout the year, which is why we will once again be keeping our stores closed on Boxing Day as a way to say thank you for their continued hard work." 

At just one Aldi store in Drove Road, Swindon, over 30 jobs are up for grabs.

This includes roles such as store assistant, manager, management apprentice, cleaner and more.

Starting pay for store assistants at Aldi is £11.40 an hour nationally, and £12.85 inside the M25. Aldi said it also remains the only supermarket in the UK to offer paid breaks.

Nationwide, the superstore is also looking for store assistants, managerial positions and cleaners, as well as around 1,500 workers of various titles within its regional distribution centres.

Swindon Advertiser: The Aldi store on Shaw Road in Swindon The Aldi store on Shaw Road in Swindon This ranges from warehouse selectors, logistics assistants and warehouse cleaners.

Morrisons has also announced a major recruitment drive.

The supermarket has said it is looking for 3,500 extra staff to work in its stores, food manufacturing sites and logistics operations, adding that the range of roles offered flexibility and with no prior experience necessary.

“Christmas is one of our busiest periods and we’re looking for an additional 3,500 people to join our talented teams,” said Clare Grainger, people director at Morrisons.

“These new colleagues will play a crucial role in creating and delivering the products our customers need to help make their celebrations special.

“There are lots of great opportunities on offer across the UK with both temporary and permanent roles in our stores, manufacturing and logistics sites.,” she added.

To find out more about these recruitment opportunities at superstores in Swindon, you can visit the recruitment pages for Aldi and Morrisons, or visit them in-store.