The manufacturer’s largest poultry processing centre, the Scunthorpe site already hires about 1,800 employees and has a throughput of 1.3m chickens every week.
A spokesman for the Scunthorpe site said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these additional roles, especially at a time when the economy and jobs in the Lincolnshire region have been badly affected by the pandemic. We’re here to help feed the nation because we play a critical role in ensuring poultry products are enjoyed across the UK, and we can offer some great job opportunities.
‘Opportunity to progress’
“We have many success stories about people who have developed some great careers, so there’s always opportunity to progress and develop for those who are ambitious.”
In July 2020, 2 Sisters revealed plans to use Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s £2bn Kickstart programme for 16-24 year-olds – also announced that month – to boost youth employment across its Devon and Lincolnshire sites.
About 800 new roles have been created at the poultry processor in the last 12 months across the entire business.
In September, 2 Sisters revealed plans to create 180 jobs at its prepared meals factory in Rogerstone, South Wales. That same month, it created 100 new jobs at its Thetford, Norfolk production plant.
2 Sisters is one of the many food businesses that has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Its Coupar Angus production site has faced two outbreaks of the virus since August last year, while a separate cluster of cases was reported at its Llangefni, Wales site.
Meanwhile, last month, Midlands-based Salisbury Poultry unveiled a major three-phase expansion plan for its poultry processing facilities in Wolverhampton, which is set to create up to 100 jobs.
The project included remodelling service facilities at Salisbury’s Vulcan Road site in Bilston to increase the capacity of delivery vehicles while improving efficiencies. The development will also increase production capability, improve welfare facilities and include a new office and administration centre and new facilities for client-facing business.