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Supermarkets in rush for graduates

Published: Thursday, 01 November 2007   Category: Retail

Supermarkets in the Republic of Ireland are rushing to recruit university leavers to graduate retail careers, according to the Irish Independent.

The newspaper reported that representatives from supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl and Tesco are regularly competing for graduates to fill positions.

And the retailers offer a good salary and benefits to people entering their graduate recruitment programmes.

John O'Sullivan, Aldi district manager, told the newspaper: "We are looking for the right people with a minimum of a 2:1 degree. A trainee district manager will earn €56,000 (£39,000) and get an Audi A4 car to start.

"A 12-month training programme is undertaken with salary rising to €64,500 (£45,000) after the first year. That goes up to €78,000 (£54,000) after three years," he added.

Lidl UK currently offer a graduate store management programme lasting for up to two years that offers the potential to progress to district management positions within the company.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18339319-ADNFCR

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