Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced plans to hire 1,000 new employees, globally, in 2023, which is a record of sorts for the company and 55 per cent more hires than last year.
The company has already hired over 800 techies with digital and engineering expertise to work on autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and other technologies.
The company has unified its digital and IT teams into a single ‘digital’ unit to streamline operations and benefit from best practices. These teams have played a vital role in supporting the company’s critical operations during the past year. JLR has also partnered with Tata Technologies to accelerate its digital transformation efforts.
Due to shortage of supply of semiconductors, there was a dip of 5.8 per cent in JLR’s retail sales compared to the same period a year ago.
There was a 15.1 per cent decline in sales in North America, five per cent decline in China, 0.5 per cent in Europe and 6.3 per cent in overseas markets. However, the company witnessed 0.9 per cent growth in retail sales in the UK.
To give a push to electrification, JLR plans to invest £15 billion on the same over the next five years. Its first electric model is scheduled to be rolled out in 2025.