In spite of the current downturn in the automotive industry it seems Rolls-Royce is bucking the trend with an announcement today that it plans to increase its manufacturing workforce by 50 per cent.
More than 150 new jobs have been created to support the production of the company’s new model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
By the end of 2009 Rolls?Royce will have created almost 400 new jobs in under two years, bringing the total number of employees at the firm’s Goodwood base to 900.
The majority of the new positions have been created in the wood, leather and paint shops as well as the assembly areas.
In addition there will be a number of new positions in the headquarter offices, also based at Goodwood.
Rolls-Royce is keen to fill all positions within the next few months and anticipates drawing on the considerable pool of highly skilled automotive industry personnel available in the UK.
“This is good news for the British car industry at a time when it is struggling. Britain has an exceptional talent for automotive production and we are keen to maximise this at Rolls-Royce,” said Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves. “Our new model, the Ghost, has enjoyed an extremely positive international response and we now need to put people in place to bring the car to market.”
The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be built on its own dedicated assembly line but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars.
Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last two years to prepare for the introduction of the Ghost model. Production will begin in the autumn with customer deliveries from early 2010.