Jaguar now employs 2,200 people in Nitra

The Nitra plant is preparing to produce the new Defender model.

New plant of Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra New plant of Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra (Source: SITA)

Slovakia's Jaguar Land Rover plant is entering the final stage of its massive recruitment campaign. By now, they have hired altogether 2,200 staffers.

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The current recruitment campaign started in January this year with the aim of adding 850 people to the already employed 1,500. The company needs the people to be able to launch the second shift, to result in the annual production of 150,000 cars, the SITA newswire reported.

Preparing for Defender

The company plans to launch the second shift by the end of 2019.

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Currently, the Nitra plant exclusively produces the Land Rover Discovery model. The world premiere of Land Rover Defender is planned for later this year. The car is to be produced in Nitra, SITA noted.

The company is also hiring people from outside Slovakia.

Foreigners, too

"We feel that the labour market in Slovakia has been exhausted to some extent," Miroslava Remenárová, the JLR Slovakia manager for corporate relations, told SITA. Still, the company's staff consists mostly of Slovaks from the region surrounding the plant. People from other parts of Slovakia have started coming in as well.

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Currently, the Nitra plant employs people of 16 nationalities, Remenárová told SITA.

The average salary of a production operator starts at just €997 gross.

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