Fresh food manufacturing specialist Bakkavor is launching a recruitment drive to fill over 1,800 new full and part time jobs across the United Kingdom.

The massive hiring spree will see Bakkavor move through the 20,000 employee headcount marker, adding to the 19,000 the firm currently employs in the UK. Worldwide, Bakkavor provides jobs for a further 2,000 people.

Some of the vacancies, including production and hygiene operatives, are entry level positions. There are also jobs for people with more experience, such as technical service managers, line leaders, section coordinators.and engineers.

Flexible hours are on offer for many of the roles, with day shifts and night shifts available for some of the full and part time positions.

One of the biggest winners from the Bakkavor recruitment drive is the county on Lincolnshire which will benefit from almost half of the vacancies, with 842 vacancies up for grabs in Bourne (448), Holbeach (121), Sutton Bridge (105), Boston (98) and Spalding (70).

Bo’ness in Scotland will take on 293 new staff, whilst Newark-on-Trent in Nottingham will also be hiring over 200 full and part time staff at Bakkavor’s facility in the town.

Other places with Bakkavor vacancies include Tilmanstone in Kent, Devizes in Wiltshire, Leicester, London, Crewe, Wigan, Nantwich and Highbridge in Somerset.

Announcing the recruitment drive for 1,800 new staff, the Chief People Officer at Bakkavor Group, Donna-Maria Lee, said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors to brilliant new colleagues within the local communities in which we are based. We offer a wide range of jobs available at a large number of our well-established sites, all offering career development opportunities as well as great benefits.”

“All of our employees across our 23 sites in the UK benefit from first class training programmes which are focused on career progression and individual development.”

“The application process for all roles is now open and we have already started interviewing a number of enthusiastic candidates. We very much look forward to meeting more applicants and we hope that the roles we have available are able to turn into long term careers.”

A spokeswoman for Bakkavor added: “This is an exciting time for Bakkavor Desserts as the business continues to grow. Our proposed investment will further enhance our capabilities as a leading desserts manufacturer and we anticipate that we will have a number of new jobs available in the second half of next year.”

Bakkavor supplies some of the leading supermarket chains in the UK with freshly-prepared meals, desserts, salads, pizza and other bread.

You can find out more about the company and the full and part time jobs they have on offer throughout their 23 sites in the UK by visiting the Bakkavor careers website.