Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood factory

Jaguar Land Rover creates 1 000 jobs at UK factory

Jaguar Land Rover is creating 1,000 jobs at its factory at Merseyside to support ‘significant’ demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2.

Engineers, supervisors and production operators are some of the positions to be recruited for the new jobs, which will take the workforce at the Halewood factory to almost 4,500.

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."

"JLR's supply chain is also set to benefit, with thousands more jobs expected to be created. Our commitment to expand the Halewood workforce and increase production is great news for JLR, for Merseyside and for the wider UK economy," Thurlby said.

Britain’s 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."

Nissan has announced plans to build a new model in the UK under a £125 million investment programme, creating 2,000 jobs. The vehicle will be built at the Sunderland plant from mid-2013 in a project supported by a £9.3 million 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."

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