Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant in 24-hour production

Production line in Halewood
Image caption Staff have begun a three shift pattern to meet demand for the Evoque and Freelander models

The Merseyside Jaguar Land Rover plant has moved to 24-hour production, with the introduction of an extra shift.

The car maker has created another 1,000 jobs at its site in Halewood so it can meet demand for its Evoque and Freelander models.

As a result, staff will work to a three shift pattern with the first night shift starting at 21:30 BST on Monday.

The new jobs take the site's workforce to 4,500 - three times the number working there three years ago.

They include production operators, supervisors and engineers.

In December 2010 there were more than 14,000 applications for 1,500 new jobs as the plant began production of the Evoque.

The Indian-owned car manufacturer reported a 34% rise in profits in May.

Parent company Tata Motors attributed the significant increase to strong demand from China and Russia, particularly for the new Range Rover Evoque.

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