Lately there has seldom been good news from the car manufacturing industry.
In a rare piece of good news, Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to create over 1,000 new jobs in the West Midlands. The jobs will be created at Land Rover's plant in Solihull, where 5,000 people are already working, says the company.
The project forms part of the company's long term aim to deliver "40 significant product actions over the next five years." This will include both derivates of existing models and new models.
The company's HR Director, Des Thurlby, said "This is great news for Solihull. We shall be increasing the plant workforce by more than 25%."
He added that these were well paid jobs with excellent benefits and that JLR expected to receive thousands of applications for the available positions. The company has already launched a recruitment campaign on radio and in newspapers for skilled trades-people and production operators.
The latest announcement means that so far during 2011 the company has created more than 3,500 jobs - including positions in purchasing and financing. This is a remarkable turnaround if one takes into account that barely two years ago JLR was axing employees as part of a battle to survive the worst effects of the recession.
Even the unions seem to have been taken by surprise by the number of new jobs being announced by the company.
Author - Louise Hutchinson
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