The high street may be seemingly empty post-lockdown after a number of household names such as Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge and have been purchased by online Fashion brands ASOS and Boohoo. The online shops are not keeping the physical shops as a part of the deal which means thousands of jobs across the country will be lost. But, not all is lost as bargain supermarket Aldi has announced it aims to create 4,000 new jobs across the UK this year.
It is thought that 25,000 jobs across the UK will be affected due to the collapse of the retail empires. Debenhams staff of around 10,000 to 12,000 are set to lose their jobs after Boohoo Group acquired the stores brand, product assets and e-commerce operations last week.
Aldi has urged those that have lost their jobs because of the fall of Arcadia and Debenhams brands to apply. It recently announced a £1.3 billion investment in new and upgraded stores and distribution centres and said it would “very much welcome” applications from those recently employed by Debenhams and Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group.
So far only about half of Arcadia has been rescued, but like Debenhams, only the brand, product assets and websites for Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, HIIT were bought by Asos today, leaving their stores shut for good. The move has affected 2500 jobs.
Asos bought Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, HIIT, and are leaving their stores – which has affected 2,500 jobs. Burton, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins are still yet to be bought.
Aldi has said it hopes to offer long-term roles to retail staff who have lost their jobs at these high street shops. Kelly Stokes, Aldi UK recruitment director said: “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.”
“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.”
Aldi staff are paid a minimum wage of £9.55 an hour, which is one of the best-paid wages in the UK grocery sector. For more information or to apply click on the link here.