Jaguar Land Rover Creates 1,000 Jobs At Halewood Plant
Jaguar Land Rover is to create 1,000 jobs at its factory on Merseyside to support "significant demand" for some of its models, the company announced today.
The new jobs will take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500, treble the number employed there three years ago.
The company said the new posts will support the significant demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) human resources director Des Thurlby said:
"These 1,000 new jobs are further evidence of JLR's clear ambition for continued growth. We are moving Halewood to three shifts and 24-hour operation to meet increased global demand for our products."
Business Secretary Vince Cable, who met JLR's senior management at the Geneva Show last week about increasing production at Halewood, said: "It is excellent news that Jaguar Land Rover is taking on another 1,000 people and increasing shifts at its Halewood plant to meet strong global demand for its products.
"Today's announcement is further evidence of the strength of the UK automotive sector and will also have a positive impact on growth in local supply chains.
"Figures out today showed that the trade balance was better than expected in January, thanks to strong exports of cars to the US, China and Russia."
It is the second employment boost in a week in the motor industry after Japanese car giant Nissan announced plans to build a new model in the UK under a £125m investment programme, creating 2,000 jobs.
The vehicle will be built at the Sunderland plant from mid-2013 in a project supported by a £9.3m grant from the government.
Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: "The creation of new jobs at Halewood is more good news for Britain's car industry and the local economy. Again, Britain's car industry is bucking the trend of manufacturing decline. It is proof that with the right investment and support, UK manufacturing can be a success story.
"This is another major vote of confidence for the skills and dedication of the entire workforce across Jaguar Land Rover. These new jobs come on top of 1,000 jobs currently being taken up in Solihull in the West Midlands."