Unilever looks to create 150 new roles in North-East, but 800 jobs may go elsewhere
Fri, 15 Jun 2012
FMCG giant Unilever has announced that proposed investment in the North-West would create around 150 new roles at Port Sunlight, The Wirral, but it is expecting a net reduction of around 500 Unilever roles in the UK and another 300 associated jobs, with some relocated to Bangalore.
By the end of 2013, personal care and household brands Alberto Culver sites in Swansea and Bridgend will close, as well as the consumer goods brand Sara Lee factory in Slough.
A further 400 “high capability roles” will be relocated from the company’s Ewloe IT site in North Wales, with a number of these heading to its Bangalore IT operation.
Amanda Sourry, chair of Unilever UK and Ireland, says: “Like many companies today, Unilever faces the challenge of creating growth opportunities against a backdrop of very tough economic conditions in Europe.
“While Unilever is growing well in the UK and globally, it will always be necessary to make changes which raise our game and ensure our continued success.”
The company saw 6.5% underlying sales growth globally in 2011.