Jaguar Land Rover has received more than 20,000 applications for just 1,000 new jobs.
The company confirmed the new roles at its Land Rover plant in Solihull had been massively oversubscribed with jobseekers flocking to play a part in Midland manufacturing’s largest success story.
The details emerged as new figures revealed a 33 per cent rise in Land Rover production last year, with the motor industry as a whole reporting record exports.
JLR, owned by Indian company Tata, is creating the 1,000 new jobs at Lode Lane as part of its drive to boost production over the next five years.
Spokesman Jonathan Griffiths said: “The updated figure from human resources is that we have had more than 20,000 applications for roles at the factory.”
Tata bosses are pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the Solihull plant to take the workforce to more than 5,500 in one of the biggest job creation programmes in the region for many years.
The firm said the investment, announced last autumn, would pave the way for 40 separate “product actions” from a wide range of new models, to engine and transmission programmes.
JLR has also asked workers to volunteer to switch from the Jaguar factory at Castle Bromwich to Solihull as part of the Land Rover expansion.
A Jaguar worker, who asked not to be named, said: “We were given a presentation from the plant director saying there were going to be so many people required to move to Land Rover.
“We have around 300 agency workers here and they want 200 to go to Land Rover in a permanent move.
“If there are Jaguar people who want to go there, they can go there and keep their Jaguar contracts but if the temps go, they will go under Land Rover contracts.
“There are no incentive payments involved in this – it’s purely a voluntary move to get people over to Solihull. I think a lot of agency people will chase the money.”