NISSAN is today launching a recruiting drive to fill more than 400 jobs created at its North East plant.

The Japanese car giant said it has more than 400 manufacturing staff positions available to new employees at the Wearside complex as construction of existing range of vehicles expands and with the advances recently announced in the electric vehicle (EV) field.

Permanent and temporary positions are now open for would-be applicants in joining what Nissan heralds as its, “world-class manufacturing team.”

Today’s news is described as, “a real vote of confidence” in the Sunderland plant, which already has a workforce of about 6,000, while also providing knock-on employment for thousands more in the nearby supply chain.

A company statement said: “With the all new Qashqai in production and the recent Nissan EV36Zero announcement, there’s never been a better time to join Nissan.”

The advent of the Nissan EV36Zero will see Sunderland build the company’s next-generation EV crossover and, in partnership with Sunderland City Council, deliver what it describes as a 100-per cent electric, renewable electricity ‘Microgrid.’

Alan Johnson, the vice president of manufacturing at the Sunderland plant, said: “Last month we announced the £1 billion 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.”

As well as a comprehensive induction program, new employees can also expect to receive a competitive pension, access to a variety of car scheme options and private health care.

Anyone interested in applying, is asked to visit,, which outlines opportunities available at the site.

The news comes after production lines at the plant were among the many affected by absences due to staff having to isolate, having received Covid ‘ping’ alerts.


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