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Over 5,600 New Food & Drink Jobs In Scotland

09 Sep 2013

Over 5,600 New Food & Drink Jobs In Scotland

Research from the Bank of Scotland indicates that over 5,600 new full or part time jobs in the food and drinks industry of Scotland could be created over the next 5 years.

The expansion of the sector will depend largely on how successful companies in the industry can increase their exposure to export markets. However, the survey of more than a hundred food and drinks companies suggests that the sector is ahead of the curve and should easily meet current industry targets before expected. Over 4 in 10 of the companies expected to increase their export levels before 2018.

Scotland Food and Drink is a not-for-profit organisation which helps companies in the sector to increase their profitability. Chief executive of the organisation, James Withers, said: “The food and drink industry has been Scotland's best performing domestic sector in the past five years and its fastest growing export sector. Ambitious sales and export targets are in place for 2017, but the rapid progress so far means we are having to upscale our ambitions already.”

Thousands of new full and part time Scottish jobs will be created as firms increase investment and productions levels across the country. Two in every three of the food and drink firms surveyed by the Bank said that they were expecting to increase their headcount over the course of the next five years.

Between them, the one hundred companies forecast over 900 new jobs before 2018.If those recruitment levels were to be reproduced across the whole food and drinks industry in Scotland, then the Bank predicts that over 5,600 new positions will be opened up in the sector in the next five years.

The Bank of Scotland’s commercial banking MD, Alasdair Gardner, forecasts that the winning run will continue for the industry, saying: “Scotland's food and drink sector already makes a tremendous contribution to Scotland's economy and these results show that will only increase over the coming of years. The creation of more than 5,600 jobs will be a very welcome boost to communities across Scotland as economic recovery continues.”

Mr Gardner compared the strength of the food and drink sector in Scotland to that of the oil and gas on the export market, predicting that the industry may well catch up with them.

Would you like to find some work in Scotland? Students in the main Scottish cities have a number of options available for part time work or a job during the term holidays. If you have some spare time and you would like to earn some spare cash, then start applying for some of the positions on offer on our page of Part Time Jobs In Scotland now!

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