Retailers help boost UK job market

By Laurence Gibbons contact

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Retailers, including Lidl, have played a big role in boosting the UK job market
Retailers, including Lidl, have played a big role in boosting the UK job market

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There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, can exclusively reveal.

This continues a positive job market trend​ first identified by this website a year ago.

In total, 18,646 new jobs have been created in the food and drink industry since January – whereas 6,188 were lost or threatened.


Retailers played a big part in the job cuts and creations, with Lidl and Asda pledging to create 14,500 new roles between them.

Morrisons contributed to over a quarter of the job cuts from the sector, when it revealed plans to cut 2,600 jobs​ in a management restructure last month.

Almost the whole of the UK features on our map – compiled from stories published on between January and June 2014 – from the north of Scotland where Maclean’s Highland Bakery created 12 jobs to 58 jobs under threat at Müller Wiseman Dairies’ depot in Cornwall.

Click on the blue pins on the map to read all about the jobs created in that area. The red pins will reveal exactly where jobs were placed in danger or cut. Zoom in and out to get a complete picture of where jobs have been created or put in danger throughout the UK.

The north west of England and the west midlands played a big part in both job cuts and gains.

Manchester alone was a hub of activity, with Kellogg’s cutting 80 jobs, Bright Blue Foods axing 57 positions, Extons Foods creating 24 roles and Healthy Food Brands offering 8 new positions in the city.

Quorn created 400 roles in Billingham County Durham; Euro Foods announced plans to create 200 jobs in Cwmbran, Wales and Arla created 700 jobs at the world’s largest fresh milk dairy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

2 Sisters Food Group

2 Sisters Food Group axed jobs up and down the UK, cutting 350 roles at its Coupar Angus site in Scotland and putting 913 positions in doubt at its Corby site in Northamptonshire.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, food and drink sector skills council Improve warned that thousands of low-skilled food manufacturing jobs were likely to go unfilled​ as the industry focuses on filling high-skilled vacancies.

By 2020 the industry will need to fill 170,300 positions as workers retire or leave the industry, the Food and Drink Federation has claimed.

To view the latest jobs in UK food and drink manufacturing visit FoodManJobs.

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Posted by Online editor Rod Addy,

Darren, please note, the article makes clear in paragraph 3 that we are referring to job cut/job creation announcements - jobs under threat as well as already lost - in the period. The same applies to job gains. I hope this clears up your query.

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Posted by Darren,

How does an announcement at Morrisons contribute to a job cut in the previous period?
They are PLANNING to cut jobs over a period in the future, so who does your maths?

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