Firm looks to add 275 workers at its Solihull plant due to increased demand for its cars

Land Rover has created 275 new jobs at its Solihull plant due to increased demand for its range of off-roaders.

March was the best month for new car sales in Land Rover's 62-year history as the firm shifted more than 11,300 vehicles worldwide. This was a a 67 per cent rise on March 2009 and the 275 extra staff are required to join the 5000-strong workforce immediately to help the firm keep up with the increased demand.

The Solihull plant is responsible for producing the Defender, Discover 4, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. Sales of the latter three models were up 58 per cent, 36 per cent and 70 per cent respectively year-on-year in March.

Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director, said: "These additional positions are excellent news for the manufacturing industry in the Midlands.

"It comes as a result of a phenomenal response received from customers and the media to the 2010 model year range, giving Land Rover an incredible start to the year."

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7 May 2010

Excellent news!

7 May 2010

I thought they were saying just the other week that Solihull would close?! I mean, I'm glad to hear it's staying open, with new jobs created, of course I am, but some consistency of message, if possible, would be nice...

7 May 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]I thought they were saying just the other week that Solihull would close?! I mean, I'm glad to hear it's staying open, with new jobs created, of course I am, but some consistency of message, if possible, would be nice...[/quote]
Unfortunately I think it still will close in the medium term so that all the JLR plants can be consolidated. The article does not actually say anything contrary to this.

The

7 May 2010

[quote March1]Unfortunately I think it still will close in the medium term so that all the JLR plants can be consolidated. The article does not actually say anything contrary to this.[/quote]

On the other hand, lets be up beat about this. Even thinking short term, it is good news. It will lead to investment into the area by other companies and local Government.

We don't actually know what JLR's plans actually are. Nor should we allow negative conjecture to spoil what is otherwise very good news. Give them a break, let them enjoy the success of their labours when it occurs.

7 May 2010

[quote The]On the other hand, lets be up beat about this. [/quote]

And on the first hand let's tell the truth, or shall we all spin like a scum politician? The truth is these are not '275 new jobs', they are short-term contract(six month) agency jobs. When the six months is up Land Rover/the agency involved can dismiss these workers without penalty. There is no job security for these workers.

The real news here is why would Land Rover even bother to hire short-term contract agency workers when Jaguar is suffering significant sales declines. Surely after the initial launch stocks of the XJ have been satisfied the fall-off in overall demand for Jag* would mean hands would be freed up at Castle Bromwich for transfer to Solihull. Looks like JLR's management is hoping for a spike recovery in Jaguar sales off the back of the XJ, before they re-allocate Jag workers to Solihull. Good luck with that after events this week in global finance markets. Jaguar Land Rover's management has not changed - incompetent.

*Jag sales down 30% year-on-year in April in the US; down 15% YoY in Germany; down 31% YoY in UK.

The

7 May 2010

There is no job security for any workers, Nick, in any field during an economic downturn.

I am entitled to my positive and optimistic feelings as it makes me happy, allows me to face the challenges ahead and puts on a stiff upper lip rather than whine about will, or will not be. While it is there, there is the chance to retain some alternative industry, surely?

I'd leave the conjecture, statistcal analysis and worry to the 'scum politicians', self gratifying businessmen and newsmen.

For example do you know that 87.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot? (I've always liked that Steven Wright joke. How about 99% of all solicitors give the rest a bad name.)

7 May 2010

what do you expect when you stop the small x type and xj awaiting new models shows the success iof the xf in spite of this yes they should make a 2lt diesel cab and tourer

7 May 2010

[quote Ski Kid]the success of the xf[/quote]

ah, but that was yesterday, or 6-12 mths ago to be precise. I don't have the exact figures but a fair assessment would say sales of the XF, '10 on '09, have gone off a cliff, as the XF has been outsold in UK by the now well-received E-class and the new 5-series is poised to deliver the coup de grace.

That's why Jaguar is looking so vulnerable and its management must be pinning all its hopes on a runaway success of the XJ, which isn't going to come - having delayed launch by 6-9 months, putting it up against the new A8, and soon in-market A7 and CLS.

JLR should bite the bullet and move workers from Castle Bromwich to Solihull. Frigging people around with six months of getting hopes up is in some ways worse than never having that temporary job in the first place. It's classic kneejerk reaction management by British car plants.

7 May 2010

[quote nicksheele]

And on the first hand let's tell the truth, or shall we all spin like a scum politician? The truth is these are not '275 new jobs', they are short-term contract(six month) agency jobs. When the six months is up Land Rover/the agency involved can dismiss these workers without penalty. There is no job security for these workers.

The real news here is why would Land Rover even bother to hire short-term contract agency workers when Jaguar is suffering significant sales declines. Surely after the initial launch stocks of the XJ have been satisfied the fall-off in overall demand for Jag* would mean hands would be freed up at Castle Bromwich for transfer to Solihull. Looks like JLR's management is hoping for a spike recovery in Jaguar sales off the back of the XJ, before they re-allocate Jag workers to Solihull. Good luck with that after events this week in global finance markets. Jaguar Land Rover's management has not changed - incompetent.

*Jag sales down 30% year-on-year in April in the US; down 15% YoY in Germany; down 31% YoY in UK.

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Bla, bla bla. This guy is really so funny. He puts so much energy in this relentless attack on JLR and in fact on anything which is British, while he deeply admires every piece of garbage produced in Germany. I just wonder does not he have anything else to do, or is he paid for this?

PT

The

7 May 2010

[quote nicksheele] E-class and the new 5-series is poised to deliver the coup de grace.[/quote]

Coup de grace? Isn't that a cheese? Are we still talking about cars or two girls ready to have a handbag catfight?

Wait, let me get my popcorn first!

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