BMW Group has disclosed the provision of 1,000 new permanent BMW contracts across its four manufacturing site in the United Kingdom. The contract will mostly benefit the Group’s MINI plant in Oxford, but will also benefit its Swindon pressings plant, engine plant at Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars plant in Goodwood, West Sussex.
The recruitment will occur in two phases between 2014 and 2016. The recruitment will prioritize current eligible agency associates, subject to the normal selection criteria. This announcement highlights BMW Group’s commitment to the UK as a strategically important production and sales location for the German carmaker.
The recruitment is part of the Group's £760-million investment program set from 2012 to 2015, with a target to support the launch of the new MINI, a new generation of three-cylinder engines and the expansion of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The first recruitment phase covers 700 jobs and will start in 2014, while the second phase covers the remaining 300 contracts that will begin in 2016.
BMW Group’s latest investment program brings its total UK investment to around £2 billion since 2001. The total investment has already resulted to the rise of a new body shop built and the fitting of 1,000 new robots at its Oxford MINI plant; various new pressings technologies at the Swindon plant; and equipping of the Hams Hall engine plant for a new generation of modular three-cylinder engines. [source: BMW]