WHO’S TAK­ING ON

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WE might be liv­ing in chal­leng­ing times with on­go­ing un­cer­tainty over Brexit, but for many com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions it will be busi­ness as usual, with plenty of roles up for grabs.

Look­ing at some of the Coven­try and War­wick­shire’s big­gest em­ploy­ers, we con­sider the job op­por­tu­ni­ties that might be avail­able in 2019.

How­ever, it is just a se­lec­tion of what cur­rently is and what might be­come avail­able.

Com­pa­nies like Sev­ern Trent and the Coven­try Build­ing So­ci­ety are also likely to be re­cruit­ing, as will Coven­try City Coun­cil and Coven­try Col­lege.

Jaguar Land Rover was seen as one of the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing suc­cess sto­ries and con­tin­u­ally had roles to fill but the com­pany is go­ing through tough times at the mo­ment.

A year ago it was ad­ver­tis­ing al­most 300 va­can­cies and all the talk was of its con­tin­ued growth, but par­ent com­pany Tata has said some se­vere belt tight­en­ing will be the fo­cus of 2019.

It has un­veiled plans for a £2.5 bil­lion cost sav­ing pro­gramme and there are fears that could mean large-scale job losses.

That said, the Coven­try car maker will con­tinue to in­vest in the fu­ture.

Its research and devel­op­ment pro­grammes are cen­tral to that and it will still need to con­tinue to re­cruit ca­pa­ble and tal­ented peo­ple.

It might not be hir­ing as many peo­ple as it did in 2018, but there will still be jobs up for grabs.

De­spite the com­pany’s ups and downs, its site at Whit­ley is still grow­ing and has an im­por­tant part to play in a much talked about elec­tric fu­ture.

For any­one who fan­cies a move overseas – but doesn’t want to go to the other side of the world – the car maker is cur­rently hir­ing for a num­ber of spe­cial­ist IT roles at its new soft­ware engi­neer­ing op­er­a­tion in Ire­land.

There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates at the high-tech fa­cil­ity, which is lo­cated in County Clare close to Shan­non Air­port.

Re­cruit­ment for jobs in the UK has been mas­sively scaled back but as yet no re­cruit­ment freeze has been im­ple­mented.

In fact most of the roles Jaguar Land Rover is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing are spe­cial­ist IT roles based in Coven­try.

They range from un­der­grad­u­ate and ap­pren­tice­ship roles, pay­ing from £15,600 and £20,000 re­spec­tively, to a job as a dig­i­tal plat­form solutions ar­chi­tect, which pays up to £60,000. The com­pany cur­rently has 23 roles up for grabs. To see what’s avail­able click here.

War­wick­shire pres­tige car maker As­ton Martin is hold­ing up well, given these are tough times in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor.

This year the com­pany was floated on the Stock Ex­change and it is press­ing ahead with an am­bi­tious growth strat­egy as part of its 21st Cen­tury Plan.

Like Jaguar Land Rover, As­ton Martin is con­cen­trat­ing a lot of its ef­forts into de­vel­op­ing elec­tric cars.

While this might have been good news for the Mid­lands the car maker has said it will be mak­ing its new fac­tory in St Athan, south Wales, the heart of its elec­tric ve­hi­cle plans , with the DBX SUV set to be the first model.

In­ter­est­ingly As­ton Martin is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing 46 jobs on its web­site and most of those are Mid­land-based - ei­ther at Gay­don, Welles­bourne or Coven­try.

To see all the roles cur­rently avail­able at As­ton Martin click here.

Coven­try wel­comed a ma­jor new em­ployer this year in the shape of Ama­zon.

The com­pany’s first UK ‘re­ceive cen­tre’ started run­ning in May and was fully up to speed by July.

It cur­rently em­ploys 2,000 peo­ple, though some of those roles are sea­sonal in the run-up to the busy fes­tive pe­riod.

How­ever, an Ama­zon spokesman told the Tele­graph that re­cruit­ment at the fa­cil­ity, built on the for­mer site of the Jaguar Browns Lane fac­tory, is on­go­ing.

The spokesman said Ama­zon will be

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