In Brexit boost, Jaguar Land Rover to hire 5000 staff

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

Despite uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote, the vehicle manufacturer seeks to bolster its technical workforce in the United Kingdom with 1,000 software and engineering roles as well as 4,000 jobs across other sectors, including manufacturing.

They were to be recruited through an app in partnership with the Grammy award-winning band Gorillaz, which includes a code-breaking challenge, the company said. The recruitment process will take place over the next 12 months, during Britain's talks to leave the European Union (EU), which carmakers have warned must result in a deal which retains free and unfettered trade to protect jobs.

"Here we've found an engaging way to recruit a diverse talent pool in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance".

Jaguar Land Rover will recruit 5000 new people to the brands by the end of the year.

The company claims its unusual recruitment drive with Gorillaz, which was launched by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, has been developed to "tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking".

The carmaker, which is owned by India's Tata Motors, will build its first electric vehicle, the I-Pace, at contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Austria but has said it wants to build such models in Britain if conditions such as support from government and academia are met. "It will be the first of its kind", Alex Heslop, JLR's head of electrical engineering, said.

Potential candidates will be set challenges via the app, including assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar's first all-electric five-seater sports auto.

The news comes against the backdrop of concerns over the impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom automotive industry.

There are fears of a potential loss of competitiveness, which would require compensation to maintain the industry's work in Britain.

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