Jaguar jobs response 'overwhelming'

Jaguar Land Rover says it has received an "overwhelming" number of applications for job openings at its factory in Merseyside.

More than 14,000 people applied for the 1,500 available jobs, at the rate of nearly 10 applications for one position.

The manufacturer is hiring workers at the Halewood plant, where it will produce the new Range Rover Evoque.

One of the most eagerly awaited new launches of 2011, the £30,000 model has brought in impressive levels of pre-orders.

Jaguar Land Rover's HR manager Mark Pennifold said they expect to complete the recruitment process over the next few months.

He said: "The launch of the Range Rover Evoque is a critical milestone for Jaguar Land Rover and Merseyside.

"Last year we announced the new addition to the range would create 1,500 jobs at the plant and I am pleased to say we have now come to the end of the recruitment process - a process which attracted 14,000 applications, 8,000 of which were received in the first week.

"This unprecedented response demonstrates how important an employer Jaguar Land Rover is to the region and we look forward to welcoming the new members of the team over the coming months."

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