Jaguar Land Rover creates more than 1,000 UK jobs

More than 1,000 new jobs are to be created by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in the West Midlands.Jaguar Land Rover creates more than 1,000 UK jobsThe new posts are being created at the company’s Land Rover plant in Solihull, where nearly 5,000 people currently work, the firm said.

They are in support of the company’s ambition to deliver “40 significant product actions over the next five years”.

It said these could include new models or derivatives of existing cars.

JLR said the announcement meant that this year more than 3,500 jobs had been or were being recruited for, including corporate posts in financing and purchasing.

In April the company announced plans for 1,000 engineering jobs in the West Midlands region, with the majority of people now in position at Whitley and Gaydon.

About 1,500 apprenticeship jobs have been created at Halewood, Merseyside.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for Jaguar Land Rover.

Just two years ago the company was shedding staff as it battled to survive in the depths of recession.  Now it is riding on the crest of a wave. Today’s jobs announcement appears to have taken many by surprise.

It is understood that the company needs to recruit staff so that it can create a third shift at its Solihull factory.

A new Range Rover model is due to be produced there sometime next year and forecasts suggest that sales will be extremely good.

JLR has already unveiled plans to expand production facilities at the Solihull factory next year to increase capacity and today’s recruitment news appears to be linked with that expansion.

The group HQ is based in Warwickshire, with Land Rover vehicles manufactured in Solihull and at Halewood.

Jaguars are produced by the same group – owned by Indian car manufacturer Tata – at Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

In September JLR said it was to create up to 750 jobs at a new factory on a site near Wolverhampton on the Staffordshire-Wolverhampton border.

The luxury car maker is spending £355m to build low-emission engines on a 120-hectare site at a business park near the M54. Work at the site is due to start early next year.

November 11, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Development, Business Jobs, Business Win, Global Businesses, Growing Business, Uncategorized

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