Nissan backs Brexit Britain with 400 new jobs in latest recruitment drive

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is creating 400 more jobs at its Sunderland plant in its latest vote of confidence in Brexit Britain.

The car-maker announced last month its intention to build a new battery ‘Gigafactory’ at its North-East plant, with the state-of-the-art facility set to come on stream in 2024, marking a key stage in the UK car industry’s transition towards electric vehicles.

And its latest recruitment drive will see 400 new employees joining its workforce to build new models including including the Qashqai and Leaf.

Alan Johnson, vice president of manufacturing at the plant declared the move a “real vote of confidence in Sunderland”.

He said: “Last month, we announced the £1bn 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.”

Nissan had been at the centre of Brexit controversy in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum in 2016, with Remain activists claiming the car-maker would leave Britain if Britain left the European Union’s single market.

It has however continued to go from strength to strength in Britain, with its chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta telling the BBC last month: “The key success factor for Brexit has always been trade friendly business conditions to sustain our business not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe and thanks to Brexit, Nissan is moving forward to use Brexit as an opportunity.”