Diageo investment to create hundreds of Scotch jobs
Wed, 6 Jun 2012
Drinks business Diageo is to create hundreds of jobs, mostly in Scotland, as it invests more than £1bn in Scotch whisky production over the next five years.
This will see the construction of a major new malt distillery and substantial extra warehousing capacity, with the potential for an additional new distillery to be built if global demand for Scotch is sustained at expected levels. An average of 250 jobs in construction will be created for each year of the investment programme.
There will also be “over a hundred new Diageo jobs, largely high value jobs in rural areas of Scotland”, as part of the investment. The firm will also be looking to take on around 100 apprentices and graduate trainees through the period.
In addition to this, the firm projects a knock-on jobs boost of 500 new roles, calculated using the Scottish government’s employment multiplier effect statistical modelling for the spirits and the construction industry.
Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh says: “I’m particularly pleased our investment will generate significant numbers of new Diageo jobs, as well as boosting the local construction sector and stimulating job creation throughout the Scottish economy.
“We are determined to use this investment to make a contribution towards helping people into training and work through our apprentice and graduate placement scheme, and by using the opportunity to encourage suppliers to take on apprentices to work on the investment projects.”
Diageo currently employs 4,000 people in Scotland and around 20,000 worldwide. It has seen 50% growth in net sales of its Scotch brands in the last five years, which now approach £3bn per annum.