Bakkavor Meals site

Source: Bakkavor

Bakkavor has announced a recruitment drive for 1,500 food production jobs across its 23 UK factories.

The boost comes as national lockdown restrictions begin to lift and consumer demand for fresh prepared food normalises, it said.

Regionally, Bakkavor is recruiting for 680 jobs across its Lincolnshire sites, with a further 196 roles to be filled in Nottingham, 148 in Kent and 139 in Bo’ness, Scotland. It is also looking to employ people in Somerset, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London, Wiltshire and Cheshire.

The business remained open throughout the pandemic to produce pizza, bread, desserts, ready meals, sandwiches and salads for the UK’s major supermarkets, including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose. Pizza was described as its ‘most resilient’ category across 2020 while its overall UK sales fell by 5.2% as stated in its annual results.

“At Bakkavor, we’re immensely proud of our people and I would like to thank all our colleagues that have worked so hard during the pandemic to help us maintain food supply to the nation, helping to keep the supermarket shelves stocked at a critical time,” said Donna-Maria Lee, chief people officer at Bakkavor.

“As we re-emerge from lockdown, we have a wide range of jobs available at a large number of our well-established sites, all offering great career development opportunities. It’s important we continue to invest in the communities where we do business and we hope our employment drive will help many families to rebuild their lives after more than a year of lockdown.”

The company currently employs around 17,000 people in the UK and a further 2,000 globally.