Reflecting the current state of the UK job market, over 35,000 candidates have applied for 1,000 new jobs at Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood factory, near Liverpool in the UK.

Over 6,000 registrations were received within 24 hours of the new jobs being announced by JLR in March and after just one week that figure increased to 20,000 online registrations. The application process for the 1,000 new jobs has now closed.

The new positions, to cope with demand for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander, will take the workforce at Halewood to almost 4,500 – trebling the number employed there compared to three years ago – as the plant moves to three shifts and 24 hour production.

JLR HR Director, Des Thurlby said: “We are very pleased with the quality of candidates applying for these new roles and more than 100 applicants have already started with us. The scale of the response to our recruitment campaign reflects JLR’s growing reputation as an employer of choice in the north west.”

The new jobs at Halewood include production operators, supervisors and engineers.

During the previous, large scale recruitment campaign at Halewood in December 2010, over 14,000 applications were received for 1,500 new jobs, as the factory ramped-up operations to launch the Evoque which began production in July 2011.