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Aldi offers 'most lucrative' entry package

Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2009   Category: Retail

Budget supermarket chain Aldi has been named as the best-paying graduate employer in the UK.

The firm offers a starting wage of £40,000, which rises to £60,000 after three years, plus an Audi 4 company car as part of a lucrative entry package, reports the Times.

Research conducted by High Flier indicates that the chain beat off competition from Magic Circle law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May to claim the title, with these firms paying £39,000 and £38,000 respectively.

Dan Ronald, regional managing director for Aldi, said many graduates had no desire to be a discount retail executive, but it was a people-focused job that offers "great opportunities for progression".

He claimed that academic abilities were not necessary all-important on the scheme, with those demonstrating leadership skills in extracurricular activities generally the most successful.

All graduate entrants work their way up from the shop floor into management positions, the newspaper reports.

Earlier this week, Aldi reported a 22.2 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, far outstripping the growth witnessed by industry leader Tesco, which saw sales rise by a mere 2.5 per cent.

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