Business expansion
United Kingdom
East of England; East Anglia; Suffolk
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52 - Warehousing and support activities for transportation

500 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
23 April 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Port of Felixstowe (PFL) the largest container port in the UK and one of the largest in Europe is expanding its employment. An extra 500 workers will be needed at the port in Suffolk this year. Part of the reason is the need to replace workers as they reach retirement age but the port is struggling to recruit enough apprentice engineers as more young people stay in higher education.

The other reason is capacity expansion both in Felixstowe and on the other side of the water at Bathside Bay in Harwich.

‘Taking account of leavers and retirees, this will mean that around 500 new members of staff will be recruited this year, pushing the workforce at the Port of Felixstowe to above 3,000’, stated Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports.


  • 23 April 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), Port of Felixstowe, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61465, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61465.