More job opportunities could be made available for contractors after Vauxhall has revealed its plans to expand on the Ellesmere Port plant.
The announcement made by Vauxhall will come as great news for freelancers working in the auto industry, as the £125million investment into the next generation of Astra vehicles will result in creating up to 700 jobs, which will be made available for both permanent workers and contractors.
The investment into the plant, which is based in North Wales and already employs over 2,000 members of staff, will safeguard jobs until at least 2020 as around 160,000 cars will be produced in the factory every year.
Vauxhall chairman and managing director, Duncan Aldred, said, “This is great news for the Ellesmere Port plant, our employees, the local community, our suppliers, the Vauxhall brand and the UK.
“We have been able to develop a responsible labour agreement that secures the plant’s future.
“This is assisted by the government’s industrial strategy, increasing its focus on the manufacturing sector and creating ideal ground for companies to build up long-term investments.”
The Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan said, “This announcement will come as very welcome news for the economy and the hundreds of employees from North Wales who make the journey to the Ellesmere Port plant every day.
“The news is testament to the exemplary skills of the workforce, and an excellent example of how this Government is helping to create the right environment for industry. Moreover, it is another sure sign that the UK’s auto sector continues to go from strength-to-strength and is open for business.”