Jaguar Land Rover will hire 5,000 staff as it boosts its skills in autonomous and electric technology, a welcome business endorsement as Prime Minister Theresa May starts Brexit talks after a botched election.
JLR, which employs more than 40,000 people globally, said it would hire 1,000 electronic and software engineers as well as 4,000 additional personnel including in manufacturing, most of whom will be based in Britain.
Eventually, the 5000 people will be working on software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance - suggesting that the roles are not just in Jaguar's driverless programme, but in other dimensions of its tech operations, too.
This digital drive comes months after the automotive giant found itself caught up in Google's ad misplacement furore, where its digital ads were found to be inadvertently funding extremist sites. "It will be the first of its kind", added Heslop. It features all the iconic vehicles from the Gorillaz past and here, users can explore and take a two-part challenge. It's a major change in the way the business looks for candidates, aiming to tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.
Late a year ago, Jaguar Land Rover announced Noodle, the band's guitarist, as a brand ambassador and she's helping recruit: "Can you crack the code?" The promo includes Jaguar's I-PACE model, the company's first all-electric vehicle which will be released in the second half of 2018, which will be built in Austria.
Hours prior the talks were due to start in Brussels, the heads of the UK's most significant business lobbies contacted the government to engage "continuously" with United Kingdom business interests and strike a deal that protects the benefits of European Union membership consisting of tariff-free trade, warranties for European Union people living in the United Kingdom and minimal customs rules.