Aldi has started a recruitment drive to fill 450 vacancies in the retailer's stores across the country.

The supermarket chain is recruiting for store assistants including 330 permanent positions and 120 fixed term contract positions.

Recruitment has begun and the company says it is keen to fill all positions as soon as possible as it continues to open new stores.

It is also seeing an increase in customer demand across its existing store network and is preparing for the busy Christmas period.

Aldi already employs 4,650 people in Ireland.

Niall O'Connor, Aldi Ireland Group Managing Director, said the cost-of-living crisis is impacting everyone.

"In continuing to provide the best value and service to our customers, it begins with our people," he said.

"We have a dedicated and talented team of 4,650 people across our 153 stores who support the business in delivering for our customers each and every day."

The jobs on offer include both roles at new stores and filling existing vacancies.

"We are always looking for talented, hardworking and committed people to join the Aldi family, as we continue to grow and develop the business in Ireland," Mr O'Connor said.

"We’re keen to fill these 450 positions quickly as our stores are busier than ever and as we approach the Christmas period."

The jobs are available across the country with 112 open vacancies in Dublin, 93 in Cork, 40 in Galway, 28 in Kildare, 24 in Mayo, 17 in Wexford, 15 in Wicklow and 14 in Meath.

These are in addition to vacancies in all other counties.