Jaguar Land Rover labour body UNITE has welcomed today’s (10 November) unveiling of plans by the Tata -owned automaker to hire more than 1,000 production operators and skilled workers at its UK Midlands plant in Solihull.

Advertising for the posts – which come hard on the heels of JLR ‘s recent decision to create 750 jobs at a new engine plant also in the same UK region – has already begun as the company starts to flesh out its plans to deliver more than 40 new products during the next five years.

 “This decision means there will be a 25% increase in the size of the workforce at Solihull which is good news for the industry and for the region,” said Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke. “The decision to take on a further 1,000 workers is down to some fantastic work by our union reps at Jaguar Land Rover who have worked exceedingly hard to make JLR a real success story.
“At a time when manufacturing has been flat-lining these jobs are most welcome. 
 Unite members at JLR are extremely loyal and committed and the jobs on offer will be high quality skilled jobs that will benefit the industry and the region for many years to come.”
The news will come as a welcome boost to the UK jobs market, which has seen unemployment start to increase in the light of global economic uncertainty.

The UK government has repeatedly stressed the need to rebalance the British economy away from a reliance on the financial sector and to include more manufacturing capability.

“Unite and its members at JLR have worked tirelessly with management to secure long-term investment from the parent company Tata,” said Unite national officer for the automotive industry Roger Maddison.

“This proves once again that the UK car industry is the place to invest.”