Car manufacturer Nissan is to create 400 jobs after high demand for the Qashqai.
The new fixed-term manufacturing posts will come with a temporary third production shift, at night time, at the Sunderland manufacturing plant. Demand is outstripping supply for the crossover and the night shift is expected to run for around six months but this will be dictated by the strength of the market.
Recruitment will begin in February for the posts at the plant and 160 temporary staff will be kept on. More posts are expected to be created across the company's supply chain.
More than 200,000 Qashqai sales are forecast for Europe in a forecast for the 2009 financial year, ending on March 31.
"We have now identified the need for an additional shift to cover a high volume request in the first half of the 2010 financial year," said Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Europe.
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