I became an honorary Gin Rectifier last night (May 9). I took an oath and now I am duty bound to promote the best interests of gin.
According to the SWA, the industry directly employs more than 10,000 people across Scotland.
The report, entitled The jobs…the people includes 22 case studies of employees from Glasgow to Orkney. The jobs range from master blenders to coopers, to packaging and marketing.
The report also outlines career opportunities, including the Spirits Industry Vocational Qualification and apprenticeship schemes including coppersmiths, coopers, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “It takes only three ingredients to make scotch whisky – water, yeast and cereal. But behind that simple recipe are thousands of highly trained and skilled people who are vital to the scotch whisky industry. Our report illustrates well the dedication of our employees, many of whom spend their entire career producing Scotch Whisky.
“The report also shows how the Scotch Whisky industry is an integral part of many communities across the country.”