JLR announces 1,000 new jobs at Solihull plant

10 November 2011 #SMMT News

JLR, the UK’s largest automotive employer, has announced it will expand its workforce, with plans unveiled to recruit more than 1,000 staff at its advanced manufacturing plant in Solihull.

The posts are being created following significant investment announcements and are in support of JLR’s aim to deliver a range of new models and model upgrades in the coming years.

“The creation of 1,000 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant is excellent news for UK automotive and demonstrates the commitment of global investors to the UK, drawing on the high level of skills held by the workforce here,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “We now need government to support UK manufacturing by reforming R&D tax credits, increasing capital allowances and easing access to finance and credit.”

Commenting on the new opportunities, Des Thurlby, HR Director at JLR, said, “This is great news for Solihull, as it means we shall be increasing the plant workforce by more than 25%. We have a loyal and committed workforce at Solihull and these jobs are well paid with great benefits. We provide high quality training and development for all our employees and we expect to receive many thousands of applications.”

Year-to-date manufacturing volumes at the Solihull site are up on 2010 by more than a third with the plant producing Land Rover Defender, Discovery and the Range Rover.

The recruitment drive at the plant will kick-off today, with a call for production operators and skilled trades people.

For a detailed breakdown of significant announcements on the UK’s automotive sector over the last 12 months, click here.

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