1,000 more new jobs at JLR

Jaguar Land Rover continued its bull run yesterday, announcing 1,000 new jobs will be created at Halewood to meet growing international demand for its vehicles.

The jobs to be created at the Halewood plant in Merseyside will allow production capacity for JLR’s Range Rover Evoque and Freelander 2 models to increase.

JLR’s human resources director, Des Thurlby, said that the recruitment drive would help meet rising global demand for these model and that the Halewood plant would also move to three shifts and 24-hour production.

The addition of 1,000 new jobs at Halewood will take the workforce there to around 4,500.

The job roles to be taken on in this latest workforce expansion will be production operators, supervisors and engineers according to Thurlby, who also commented on the benfits likely to come to JLR suppliers thanks to the OEM’s growth.

Thurlby predicted that thousands of new jobs will be created in JLR’s supply chain.

Business Secretary Vince Cable commented that the latest job news was, “further evidence of the strength of the UK automotive sector”.