1,000 new jobs for JLR factory

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover will create 1,000 jobs at its Merseyside plant, with the new roles bringing the workforce there to nearly 4,500.

This encouraging figure for the Halewood factory is three times the number of workers employed there three years ago.

The new jobs, including engineers, production operators and supervisors will support the "significant demand" for the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Freelander 2 models, the company confirmed.

The plant is being moved to three shifts and a 24-hour operation to cope with global demand, said Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) human resources director Des Thurlby.

Thousands more additional jobs are anticipated as the supply chain will also benefit, according to Mr Thurlby.

The company's commitment to expand the Halewood workforce and increase production is "great news for JLR, for Merseyside and for the wider UK economy," he added.

Copyright Press Association 2012