Sainsbury's jobs boost in Scotland

UK grocer giant Sainsbury’s plans to create 800 more jobs in Scotland over the next 18 months. The jobs will come from new supermarkets in Montrose and Pitlochry as well as an extension to its East Kilbride store. Sainsbury’s has also been opening a number of its smaller local stores in Scotland, including several in Edinburgh.

UK grocer giant Sainsbury’s plans to create 800 more jobs in Scotland over the next 18 months.

The jobs will come from new supermarkets in Montrose and Pitlochry as well as an extension to its East Kilbride store.

Sainsbury’s has also been opening a number of its smaller local stores in Scotland, including several in Edinburgh.

The announcement was made as the retailer opened its 1,000th store, in Irvine, in North Ayrshire.

Since opening the first Sainsbury’s in Scotland in 1984 the company has over 8,000 colleagues working in 60 stores. It sources £600 million of Scottish lines annually and stocking around 1,500 Scottish lines in our stores around the UK.

Mike Coupe, commercial director, said: “The opening at Irvine and the 800 jobs we will create is just part of our wider commitment to Scotland. Through the proposed Public Health Levy, Scottish Ministers are penalising one of the few sectors which continues to grow and create jobs and which is crucial to Scotland’s economy.”

The Public Health Levy is intended to curb excess consumption of alcohol and tobacco has been branded as an ‘unjustifiable tax raid’ on the major chains by the Scottish Retail Consortium.

The Irvine store, Sainsbury’s 59th in Scotland, is a 60,000sq ft. store and created 248 new jobs, mainly from the local area. Of these, 47 were previously unemployed.