Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jaguar Land Rover to create 1,000 jobs at Solihull factory

Jaguar Land Rover will create 1,000 new jobs at its West Midlands factory, a 25pc increase in the size of the workforce at the Solihull site. 

The carmaker, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, said the new jobs were part of a multi-billion pound investment in new product creation.

A recruitment campaign, which launches with national print and radio advertisements today, is looking for production operators and skilled trades people.

Des Thurlby, human resources director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "This is great news for Solihull. We shall be increasing the plant workforce by more than 25pc. These jobs are well paid with great benefits."

Mr Thurlby said he expects to receive "many thousands" of applications for the posts.

In September, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) confirmed it would build a £400m engine plant in Wolverhampton, which could potentially create 2,000 jobs in the area.

JLR's fortunes have undergone a dramatic transformation under the ownership of Tata Motors, which bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008.

The company was forced to turn to the Government for support in 2009 when car sales around the world crashed, but walked away from negotiations when Lord Mandelson, the trade secretary, demanded strict terms including the right to appoint the chairman.

The company then secured debt from commercial lenders and has been able to reap the benefits of a surge in demand for Jaguars and Land Rovers in Asia.

Source: The Telegraph

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