The jobs are being created at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in theWest Midlandsand add to the thousands of new jobs already created by Jaguar Land Rover in recent years to meet demand for vehicles, particularly overseas.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: ‘Innovation in design, engineering and technology is at the core of our business and for theUK, this means we will continue to invest in new products, develop new technologies and enhance the skills of our employees.
‘The launch of our latest Jaguar models, including the new XF Sportbrake later this year, means it is a very exciting time for Jaguar. These new models will attract new customers to the brand as we look to expand our global reach and further enhance our position in the market.’
Commenting on the new jobs, Des Thurlby, HR director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: ‘We have embarked on the most ambitious recruitment campaign in the company’s history, hiring 8,000 people in the last two years.’
JLR anticipates that the launch of the new Jaguar models will also support thousands of jobs in theUKsupply chain.
As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to deliver 40 significant product actions over the next five years, the Castle Bromwich plant will this year manufacture the new 2013 model year XF and XJ ranges which – through the introduction of new powertrains and transmissions – offer customers greater efficiency, technology and choice than ever before.
The XF range will also see the addition of the XF Sportbrake derivative which, with a load capacity of up to 1,675 litres, promises to be the most versatile Jaguar built to date.
In the first six months of the year, Jaguar has sold more than 29,000 vehicles globally, which is a 19% increase against the same period last year. All of Jaguar’s key markets, includingChina,UK,USAandEurope, have delivered year-on-year sales improvements.