Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant has now entered its new phase of 24-hour production, five months after JLR revealed its 1000-strong recruitment drive in March.
The firm’s round-the-clock workforce (a first in Halewood’s 50-year history) will be used to "meet strong global demand for the Range Rover Evoque", according to JLR. Since its introduction in July 2011, 88,000 Evoque units have been sold worldwide.
The 1000 new recruits – joing a workforce which now totals 4500 - have also been drafted in for production of Land Rover’s revised Freelander 2 model.
Halewood operations director Richard Else said: “Moving production to three shifts and working 24 hours a day will allow us to significantly reduce the time a customer has to wait for their new Range Rover Evoque.”
JLR HR director Des Thurlby added: “With 4,500 employees, JLR Halewood has trebled its workforce in just three years – and the size of the workforce is now the highest it has been for 20 years.”