Employees at Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant have began 24-hour production for the first time in the plant’s 50-year history.
The increasing global demand for the auto maker’s Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque, made the company to put its 4, 500 employees work around the clock for the first time in the factory’s history. Over the past month JLR has hired extra 1, 000 workers and on Monday, August 13th, at 9:30 in the evening the first overnight shift began.
“The factory has just reopened after a break and there is now a great buzz around the place,” said Des Thurlby, HR director at JLR.
He also said that the company decided to make the Friday night shift shorter and end at 12:30 a.m., not to disrupt workers’ weekends too much. Over the last three years JLR has tripled its workforce and when the company announced the 1,000 vacancies, more than 30,000 people applied for the jobs.
“The production positions are now filled but we are still looking for a few production supervisors and skilled tradespeople and people can go on the company’s website to apply,” Mr Thurlby said. “We will be working around the clock here for the foreseeable future because we have a very strong order book for both models.”