An urgent appeal has been made by a poultry processing firm for new workers to help deal with unprecedented demand brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
The 2 Sisters Food Group, based on the Leechmere Industrial Estate in Sunderland, has multiple roles available and is keen to speak to people who may be out of work following the collapse of trade in the leisure and hospitality sectors as well as anyone else whose job may have been affected.
The company, which employs 20,000 people in the UK and Europe, processes one-third of all chicken consumed in the UK, is a large ready-meals producer and makes Fox’s Biscuits and other bakery goods. Around 75% of the UK population eat its food every day.
CEO Ronald Kers has now made an appeal for new staff to help out.
In a video on the company’s website, he said: “2 Sisters’ job is literally to feed the nation. Getting food to people has never been so important. As we come together as a country to fight the coronavirus, we need everybody’s help to keep our factories running.
“We urgently need people so we can keep delivering a full range of products to supermarkets across the country. We are recruiting now for a wide range of factory and logistics jobs up and down the country. Please join us and help feed the nation.”
2 Sisters face the doubly-difficult challenge of demand for food from the public at levels never seen before, coupled with a crisis which dictates higher than usual rates of staff absenteeism for longer periods due to the need for self-isolation.
Mr Kers, the former global CEO of Muller, added: “This has brought about an urgent need for vacancies, both permanent and temporary roles.
“We have seen this across food and retail. We are hopeful that given the devastating effect this current crisis has had on certain sectors, we can reach out to these people and persuade them that a career in the food industry can be both fulfilling and enjoyable.”
A spokesman for the site on Toll Bar Road added: “We have various roles ranging from packing, dispatch, preparation and there are various shift patterns to fit around people’s lifestyles.
“We can interview applicants immediately and hopefully we can accommodate as many people as possible. We will do all we can to help.”
Last week all UK food sector workers were given ‘key worker’ status by the Government, which meant if they were fit and well they could work as normal.
To apply for a job with the firm, visit its website here.