'We're here for you' | Aldi offers to help Arcadia & Debenhams talent

Aldi offers to help Arcadia & Debenhams talent

The coronavirus pandemic has hit several industries hard, including tourism and travel and retail, with many businesses announcing closures and plans to enter into administration.

Arcadia Group, which owns brands such as Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins, is among one of the most recent casualties.

While online retailer ASOS has revealed that it will buy some brands including Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge, thousands of Arcadia retail jobs are now at risk of redundancy.

To offer support to these workers, supermarket chain Aldi has announced that it is aiming to create 4,000 new jobs across the UK this year and is urging those affected by the collapse of Arcadia, as well as Debenhams (the department store announced it is going to close 118 UK stores for good last week) to apply to the positions.

In total, it is estimated that around 25,000 jobs would be affected across the UK as a result of the two retail groups’ collapse, according to Retail Gazette.

Sharing the news on LinkedIn, Aldi noted that it understood how tough times have been and that it hoped these new jobs could help those who have recently lost jobs.

“We understand that it’s been a really tough year for those working in retail. If you think this may give someone you know a helping hand, tag them in the post below,” Aldi said.

“We’re recruiting around 4,000 new colleagues this year and, if we can do that whilst also helping those who have recently lost out due to closures elsewhere, we will do,” the post added.

The post was met with huge positivity and gratitude with LinkedIn users commending the discount supermarket for offering its support.

Sarah Case, Regional Customer Business Manager at Warburtons, said: “Incredible show of ‘we are all in this together!’ Attitude.”

Lisa Moore, Step Up flm at Debenhams, commented: "Lovely to see people thinking of us all. Thank you Aldi.”

In addition, Hayley Saunders, Head of PR at Debenhams, praised the move: “Amazing post Aldi! In these difficult times, it’s important to pull together and help our friends and neighbours. Would be great if more retailers could make this pledge!”

Meanwhile, Stephen Cook, HR Operations Partner at Capita Customer Management, branded the initiative “fantastic”.

Commenting on the move, Kelly Stokes, Recruitment Director at Aldi UK, shared: “We are currently opening an average of one new store a week as we continue to try to meet the huge demand for amazing quality food at unbeatable prices that shoppers can only get at Aldi,” reported Retail Gazette.

“That means finding around 4000 new Aldi colleagues this year and, if we can do that while also helping those who have recently lost out due to closures elsewhere, we will do.”

According to Retail Gazette, Aldi staff are one of the best paid in the UK grocery sector.

In addition, the supermarket chose to reward its staff last year during the festive period. It revealed that it would be offering staff a ten per cent bonus for their hard work. Giles Hurley, Chief Executive of Aldi, explained that 2020 has been a “difficult one for so many" and that Aldi colleagues had worked “tirelessly” to keep the nation fed during this time.

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