Bakkavor recruits for 1,500 UK jobs

Bakkavor, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fresh prepared food, today announces it is recruiting for 1,500 food production jobs across its 23 UK factories.

Bakkavor produces meals, salads, pizza and bread, and desserts for the UK’s major supermarkets, including Tesco, M&S, Sainsburys and Waitrose, and employs around 17,000 people in the UK, and a further 2,000 globally.

The company remained open for business for the length of the pandemic, working round-the-clock to produce the essential food items that could feed the nation and maintain the food supply at a time of national emergency.

With the nation re-emerging from COVID-restrictions and consumer demand for fresh prepared food normalising, Bakkavor’s recruitment drive will offer a welcome boost to local communities around the UK - at the very time when the phasing out of the furlough scheme will, for many, bring economic uncertainty.

Regionally, Bakkavor is specifically 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. Bakkavor is also looking to employ people in Somerset, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London, Wiltshire and Cheshire.

Top 10 recruitment ‘hot spots’ and number of roles available:
Bourne , Lincolnshire 207
Newark, Nottinghamshire 196
Tilmanstone, Kent 148
Boston, Lincolnshire 144
Holbeach, Lincolnshire 143
Bo’ness, West Lothian 139
Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire 104
Spalding, Lincolnshire 89
Highbridge, Somerset 73
Leicester, Leicestershire 53

Donna-Maria Lee, Chief People Office at Bakkavor, commented, “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.

'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.”

Bakkavor also invests in developing the skills of young people through its apprenticeship and graduate training programmes. Bakkavor has recently been commended by Jobs Crowd, winning the annual award for ‘Best Company in FMCG’ for its apprenticeship programme. The business also has an award-winning graduate training programme.