Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan, is beginning recruitment for more than 1,000 for its UK plant in Sunderland, after announcing that it is to build its new hatchback model there.

The company’s UK vice president of manufacturing, Kevin Fitzpatrick, has said that the medium-sized car will be manufactured at the plant from 2014, creating 225 direct jobs at the plant and 900 more at components suppliers providing certain parts for the vehicles.

“It’s over 1,000 jobs so it is significant for the region,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve just announced the fourth new model to be launched between now and 2014. This will put the plant on a 24-hour running so it does secure a lot of jobs. It’s a big vote from the parent company.”

It is thought that the car will be a ‘C-segment’ hatchback and will be a competitor of the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra. Around 80,000 of the vehicles will initially be built annually at the plants, which will require it to add an additional shift. The addition of the new vehicle to the plant’s workload will see both of its production lines running for 24-hours a day for the first time in its history.

Geoff Newman, chief executive of web recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com, believes this is not only great news for the UK but part of a wider trend.

“The government were right to support the motor industry during the recession. It inspired confidence and protected thousands of jobs. Now the support is being reciprocated with many car companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan making significant investments. This is not only because of our access to great staff but also reasonable employment legislation. I doubt we will over take Germany’s dominance in this sector, but we are certainly making steps in the right direction.”

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