Food Manufacturer Bakkavor Creates 250 jobs in Newark

After months of concern over the impact of COVID-19 on local employment, some good news this week for Newark and Nottinghamshire – as one of the region’s leading employers announces 250 new jobs. Bakkavor Desserts is currently recruiting in the run up to Christmas, which is traditionally a peak period of food manufacturing and the retail sector. The announcement of 250 local jobs also demonstrates Bakkavor’s commitment to support the local economy at a critical time.

With job scarcity on the rise in the Nottinghamshire area,[1] Bakkavor Desserts has permanent vacancies for a wide range of roles including: despatch staff, hygiene operatives, factory operatives and forklift truck drivers. Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda at Bakkavor, the firm’s COVID-19 controls have been recognised as representing good practice by Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council. Bakkavor is offering new joiners a range of staff benefits, include free hot drinks on site and discounted food prices at the shop for members of staff.

As part of their long-term commitment to help their staff, any person joining the Bakkavor team will be entitled to good pay rates, a stakeholder pension and life insurance cover. All applicants will need to have a basic understanding of English literacy and numeracy (ESOL 2). Previous experience working in this kind of setting is preferable but not essential. Successful candidates will be team players, self-motivated and flexible – as well as being committed to maintaining Bakkavor’s quality and hygiene standards.

Shona Taylor, Business Director – Desserts, commented: “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have adapted to unprecedented times and helped maintain essential food supply at a critical time for the country and the economy.

We have raised our already high hygiene and safety standards to support colleagues in the workplace, the quality and breadth of which have been acknowledged by Public Health at Nottinghamshire County Council.

As we gear up for a busy Christmas period, we are delighted to be creating significant employment opportunities at a very challenging time for the local economy – and for people that have lost jobs in our community this year, we hope our new recruitment drive can help people to rebuild their lives and their careers before Christmas.”