The whisky industry in Scotland is bucking the national trend by employing more and more people despite the recent closure of Johnnie Walker in Kilmarnock. Most this has went unreported as Diageo close historic whisky plant maybe better for the media broadcasters. If anything employment in the whisky sector has continued to grow month by month in 2012. Recently a Scottish Recruitment Agency told the Scottish Whisky Store it was placing as many as 1000 temporary workers per week to the Scottish Whisky industry. Most of these positions of employment are in the supply side of the business including packaging, distribution, warehousing and distillation. The agency added it was always challenging to source workers for those distilleries which were remote even by the Scottish Whisky industry standards.
The rise is due to the rise in international demand mostly from the emerging markets of China, Russia, Brazil and India, however sales even in the traditional exports market of France and the USA have also risen. Some markets have seen a drop notably Spain (due to the economic problems) and South Korea where whisky is not seen as ‘trendy’ by young consumers as it once was. The sector is going through a boom time with Diageo recently announcing a further £1 billion be invested in its whisky producing infrastructure.
We at the Scottish Whisky Store believe it is good to share some good news in this time of continual negative press. Yes there are economic problems worldwide but the sun rises and falls and a glass of whisky is never too far away.