Nissan Motor’s UK plant in Sunderland, in north east England, is to recruit an additional 100 manufacturing staff to meet continued strong demand arising from pan-European scrappage schemes.

The new posts, which will be initially offered as fixed term, three-month contracts, are in addition to the 250 temporary manufacturing posts announced in May and June.

Scrappage schemes operating in countries such as Germany and the UK, has seen demand for Sunderland built models, particularly the Micra and Note, rise by an additional 24,000 units against the original production plan for the June-September period.

Trevor Mann, Nissan Europe’s manufacturing chief, said: “We are currently experiencing a short term but significant spike in demand for Sunderland models as a result of scrappage incentive schemes.”

Earlier this week Nissan announced a massive investment in Sunderland to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles as part of its zero emission mobility programme.