Range Rover Evoque boosts UK jobs market

The news comes at a critical time for the UK automotive industry, which has seen a number of factories close in recent years as production moves abroad.

However, British brands such as Jaguar and Land Rover have remained in the UK, and the manufacturer has now announced the need for more workers to be hired by 2011.

The Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover’s lightest, smallest and most efficient car ever, will be sold in 160 markets worldwide, with around 85 per cent of models built at the Halewood plant in Liverpool.

Land Rover has produced the Freelander 2 since 2006, and the model has gone on to become the best-selling Land Rover model worldwide. Meanwhile, UK sales have increased by 62 per cent compared to 2009.

Michael Straughan, Operations Director at Halewood, added, “Halewood Operations has a reputation for excellent manufacturing quality and is recognised throughout the industry as a centre of excellence for Lean Manufacturing."

The plant will hire 1,000 people and promises an average salary of £35,000 per annum in engineer and supervisor vacancies.

"The Range Rover Evoque has been eagerly anticipated since we first showed the LRX Concept in Detroit in 2008, so we are looking forward to welcoming some enthusiastic new recruits to the team to deliver the Range Rover Evoque to the marketplace”.

Applications can be made at www.jaguarlandrovercareers.co.uk and more information can be found by calling 0191 221 1440.

The Range Rover Evoque, the third model in the Range Rover sub-brand after the Range Rover and smaller Range Rover Sport, will be revealed in the metal at the Paris Motor Show from 30 September.