WHO’S TAKING ON
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