A new recruitment drive could be announced this week by the British luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover . The company is drawing up plans to hire at least 5000 more engineers and technical staff n the next 12 months. This hiring plan can be marked as the UK biggest automotive business hiring that produces more than 544,000 cars on its UK production line last year. This time it has plans to pick up the development of the self-driving and electric cars.
It is estimated that the new 5000 staff will help enhance Jaguar Land Rover expertise in autonomous and electric technology. The company wants to hire 1000 electronic & software engineers and 4000 workers across other sectors including manufacturing with most of the jobs placed in the UK. JLR which is now owned by Indian carmaker Tata Motors employs more than 40000 staff globally and will build its first electric vehicle, The I-PACE, in Austria and also wish to make such models in the UK as well if they get support from British government and other academia conditions are met mutually.
This recruitment drive is a part of their plan to raise the number of cars despite over the impact of Britain to leave the European Union. Thus this decision has forced Jaguar Land Rover to look outside the UK for staff as the country has a shortage of engineers. The company’s Strategy Director Hanno Kirner also warned last year that any new tariff introduced after Britain leave the EU will make the business noncompetitive and may put jobs at risks. As the Jaguar Land Rover is the largest exporters in the UK that generates 80% sales abroad. The European market is its biggest market with its sales that doubles last year.
Lastly, the company also indicated that half of all new models would be available in an electric version by 2020 which requires a new skill in its staff.