Friday, September 9, 2011

More than 30,000 people applied for jobs at Jaguar Land Rover

BOOMING Jaguar Land Rover has been swamped by 30,000 job applications in the last year – including over 8,500 for its largest ever intake of graduates.

The resurgent vehicle manufacturer, which clocked up pre-tax profits of £1.1 billion in the year to March 31 on the back of major sales successes, has proved a magnet for job applicants from apprenticeships and graduates through to shopfloor and management posts.

The success of both Jaguar and Land Rover products has led to extra shift working and increased overtime – and 800 new production worker jobs across the Castle Bromwich and Solihull plants.

Human Resources Director Des Thurlby said: “The last three years have been a real rollercoaster.

"But this (job creation) is being driven by the likes of the new XF at Castle Bromwich, and at Solihull, the demand for Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery and Defender is very high.

“We are having to put on extra shifts and work overtime. We reckon that we have had 30,000 applications this year for all our recruitment, from production workers to experienced management.

“We have taken on 336 new graduates, which is our biggest intake ever.

"When we started out, we thought we would only hire 150 this year but as we went on and the business came out of recession we realized we needed more bright young graduates.”

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