Jaguar Land Rover is looking for 1,000 new employees to work on the new Range Rover Evoque at the company's Halewood plant in Merseyside.

The company is looking for engineers, supervisors and production workers as it prepares to bring the new baby SUV to market next summer.

Most will be production operatives, with many said to be being brought in on temporary contracts for recruitment company Manpower. As the Evoque is launched, it is expected these workers will become permanent JLR employees.

Michael Straughan, operations director at Halewood, said: "The Range Rover Evoque has been eagerly anticipated since we first showed the LRX Concept in Detroit in 2008, so we are looking forward to welcoming some enthusiastic new recruits to the team to deliver the Range Rover Evoque to the marketplace."

The news comes as Jaguar Land Rover enters The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list for the first time. It has employed 230 graduates over the last three years, and plans to add another 130 in the next year.

However, the 1,000 employees at Halewood will be partly replacing the 300 that lost their jobs last year as production of the X-type came to an end.

To apply for Jaguar Land Rover engineer and supervisor vacancies, which will offer an average salary of £35,000 per annum, go to www.jaguarlandrovercareers.co.uk.