Jobs success for a fifth of former MG Rover workforce

More than 1,200 former MG Rover workers have found new jobs following the manufacturer’s collapse in April.


The MG Rover Taskforce also revealed that more than 1,000 former workers have started training, out of the 2,200 booked onto courses.


The taskforce, which aims to find new roles for the 6,000 employees who lost their jobs, is led by Advantage West Midlands and includes Jobcentre Plus, the Learning and Skills Council, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Business Link, Birmingham City Council and Worcestershire County Council.


Taskforce chairman Nick Paul said: “Former MG Rover workers have refused to lie down and the resilience they have shown, together with the skills they have to offer, mean that nearly a quarter of them are now back in work. Thousands more have either started training or will do so in the next few weeks.”


Workers are mostly earning less in new jobs than they did at the Longbridge plant, according to the Financial Times. Average pay at MG Rover was about £22,000 with typical salaries for ex-workers beginning new careers estimated at £18,000.

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