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Dingwall fish packaging plant job openings through Loch Duart – what are the promotion prospects?

By Hector MacKenzie

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A Loch Duart husbandryman holding a salmon.
A Loch Duart husbandryman holding a salmon.

A STAFF recruitment crisis affecting the wider food sector across Scotland is hampering development of an award-winning company with a base in Dingwall.

We reported earlier this week about how independent salmon producer Loch Duart, which has invested £2million in acquiring and upgrading processing and packaging plant in Dingwall, has been struggling to fill vacancies.

It's a story familiar to many employers in a variety of sectors with Brexit amongst the factors cited by some.

Ross MP Ian Blackford, who visited the Dingwall plant, has pledged to take up these concerns with the UK government in a bid to ease restrictions on incoming labour.

He said: "The company has ambitions to grow and be an integral part of the local economy but it is clear to me that [it] is being held back by inflexible immigration policies that are hampering the ability of the company to recruit foreign workers to complement the current locally based workforce."

Loch Duart flags "a proven track record for excellent training and career development over the last 23 years" and says the Dingwall plant "offers high quality jobs with good career prospects, opportunities for quick progression and reasonable rates of pay for the sector".

In its pitch to potential employees, it says "it’s possible a line operative can be promoted to team leader within six months".

It flags career development plans "available for everyone who wants to progress".

And it says Loch Duart "aim to be exemplary employers offering long-term prospects".

The plant is packing fresh fish all the year round.

Loch Duart Ltd is an independent Scottish salmon farm based in north-west Scotland.

It produces more than 6000 tonnes "of the world’s best-tasting salmon" each year, from its farms in Sutherland and the Outer Hebrides.

It employs 160 people in the Western Isles, Sutherland and Ross and Cromarty.

Its salmon is supplied to leading hotels, restaurants and retailers at home and across the world and featured on the menus at Glasgow COP26.

For more information on Loch Duart Salmon visit www.lochduart.com

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