Car manufacturer Honda has announced it will create 700 jobs at its Swindon plant in the UK.
Most of the jobs are expected to be in production, as a result of increased demand in Europe for the Japanese company’s three- and five-door Civic model.
The Swindon site, which currently employs 4,200 staff, is looking to recruit purchasing specialists and maintenance engineers.
Dave Hodgetts, director of planning and administration at Honda, said the announcement was a “massive vote of confidence” in workers at Swindon.
“It clearly demonstrates Honda’s long-term commitment to the region and to British manufacturing,” he said.
Derek Simpson, general secretary of the union Amicus, which represents many of the workers at the plant, said the decision demonstrated that “car companies don’t have to move abroad to be profitable”.