450 new supermarket jobs at Aldi
No-frills supermarket giant Aldi is creating 450 jobs in Ireland.
The chain has credited its growing dominance in the grocery market for its nationwide expansion, which will also include the opening of seven new stores.
Recruitment has begun for positions including area and store managers, assistant managers and sales assistants.
Niall O'Connor, managing director of Aldi in Mitchelstown, Cork, said attractive packages are being offered for new staff.
"The financial and benefits packages we offer are extremely competitive, with our average hourly rates some 30% above the industry norm," he said.
"We also have one the highest staff satisfaction and retention rates in the industry, with many of our team still with us from our earliest days in Ireland."
Aldi already employs around 2,400 people in Ireland.
The German retailer has cornered 8% of the grocery market here, boasting a 22% jump in sales since last year.
Along with Lidl, the cut-price supermarkets now control more than a 17% share of Ireland's multibillion-euro grocery market.
Despite rivals eating into its share, Tesco remains the most powerful multiple with more than 26% of the grocery business, followed by SuperValu on more than 25% and Dunnes Stores on nearly 22%.