Nissan announces hundreds of new jobs at its Sunderland factory to ramp up Qashqai SUV outputs and prepare for next-generation electric crossover
- Jobs will be a combination of temporary and permanent roles
- Staff are needed for both production of current models and to prepare the car factory for the arrival of a new electric crossover
- Announcement follows confirmation of a new gigafactory at the North East site
- Bosses said new jobs were another ‘vote of confidence’ in the city of Sunderland
Nissan has announced it is recruiting to fill 400 jobs at its Sunderland car factory as production of its new Qashqai SUV ramps up and it looks to counter on a string of Brexit-positive announcement from the Japanese brand.
The positions are a combination of temporary and permanent new roles as it looks to increase outputs of the all-new SUV and prepare the factory for production of its forthcoming electric model as well as the current Leaf EV.
The news comes just weeks after the Japanese firm – with support from the UK Government – confirmed it is to have a battery-making plant close to its Wearside vehicle production factory.
Another Nissan boost for the North East: The Japanese car brand has announce a 400 job recruitment drive as it looks to increase outputs of the new Qashqai SUV (pictured) and prepare for production of an all-new electric crossover model
The jobs announcement is seen as a huge boost after Nissan was forced to reduce production due to recent Covid absences with many of its workforce isolating after being pinged by the NHS app.
The global shortage of semiconductor computer chips needed for vehicles has also restricted outputs at the Sunderland factory, as has been the case for a number of motor manufacturers in recent weeks.
Alan Johnson, vice president of manufacturing at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, said the recruitment drive for new jobs announced on Monday was another ‘vote of confidence’ in the city of Sunderland and its staff.
On 1 July, the Japanese car maker said is set to make a huge investment in the Sunderland site as part of its EV36Zero plans, including a new battery-making gigafactory.
The transformational project has been launched with an initial £1billion investment by Nissan and its partners Envision AESC, a global player in world-leading battery technology, and Sunderland City Council.
Nissan will also receive some funding from the UK Government’s £500million Automotive Transformation Fund, with the battery-making site projected to provide more than 1,600 new jobs in Sunderland and 4,500 in the wider supply chain.
Some of the new jobs will be responsible for preparing the plant for an increased electric vehicle output as well as production of existing cars, like the Qashqai, Nissan says
Nissan bosses said the move was another vote in confidence in Britain and Sunderland
Nissan said its Electric Vehicle Hub – in partnership with Envision AESC – will be a world-first EV manufacturing ecosystem suppling batteries to the Sunderland car factory
The supply of batteries will be used for the production of a new electric crossover that will replace the current Leaf EV that’s already produced at the Wearside plant.
Some of the new jobs will be responsible for preparing the plant for an increased electric vehicle output, including the requirement for new machinery and a separate production line.
In his statement, Mr Johnson said: ‘Last month, we announced the £1billion investment for Nissan EV36Zero in the plant, the biggest single investment since we opened 35 years ago.
‘This is a real vote of confidence in Sunderland from our parent company in Japan and will really reaffirm Sunderland’s reputation as a world-class manufacturer.
‘These new recruits will play an important role in preparing the plant for the arrival of the new all electric crossover model, as well as delivering Qashqai, Juke and Leaf to our customers in more than 130 world markets.’
Anyone interested in applying should visit www.careersatnissan.co.uk.
The Japanese car giant will invest more than £420million in building a new-generation all-electric vehicle (pictured)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to the Nissan plant in Sunderland on 1 July following the announcement by the car company that it is to create thousands of jobs making batteries for electric vehicles at a new gigafactory
The Qashqai has been the UK’s best-selling SUV since the first full year of availability in 2007. Sunderland has built almost four million Qashqais in total
The Qashqai has for over a decade been the UK’s most bought SUV.
Nissan put the all-new third-generation version into production this year following a long term commitment to the UK and an investment of £400million to continue building the Qashqai in Sunderland.
There will not be an all-electric model, though it will be sold as a conventional hybrid.
Since the first-generation car launched in 2006, nearly four million Qashqais have been built at the North East factory.
For each year the Qashqai has been available in the UK, it has been the nation’s most-bought SUV.
The outgoing second-gen Qashqai is Europe’s most popular crossover with three million sold across the Continent and five million sold globally.
Nissan’s Sunderland plant – which also builds the quirky Juke crossover – is also the largest car factory in UK history, with one in three of all cars made in Britain rolling off its production lines.
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