Aldi has announced 450 new jobs across its network of stores, which it hopes to fill by the end of the year.

The jobs are across a number of positions in the retailer including managerial roles, staff for new stores and additional staff for existing outlets.

Aldi also plans to open a further seven stores by the end of this year, having already opened in two new locations in 2014.

Last year Aldi said it was going to open 20 new stores in Ireland by the end of 2016 as its share of the grocery market continued to grow.

According to the most recent survey by Kantar World Panel, Aldi had an 8% share of the Irish market - a 22% increase on its share a year ago.

Aldi’s share of Irish grocery spend has grown consistently over the last few years, largely at the expense of retailers like Tesco and Dunnes Stores.

The German retailer already employs around 2,500 people across 107 stores in Ireland.