The additional jobs come as good news for the automaker, which says the employment opportunity is its “first significant hire programme for a decade”. Vauxhall says the jobs should be implemented in the first quarter of 2015 as production of the new Astra begins to ramp up.
“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing,” said Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director, Tim Tozer. “Both of our UK manufacturing plants have won long contracts with all-new product and as the business strengthens, we now need to take on more people to build these exciting new Vauxhalls.”
The British automaker also announced a further 250 jobs will be created at its Luton plant in Bedfordshire, which is tasked with building the revamped Vivaro commercial van. The jobs will be part of a new second shift at the plant, which will be put in place in January 2015 when Vauxhall will look to increase output of the Vivaro.