Porsche has already created over 100 motor industry jobs in Scotland with their Dundee showroom. They are looking to add to these by creating a new centre in nearby Perth. This would add up to 41 equivalent full-time posts and new apprenticeship opportunities.
The £7 million investment in Dundee created one of the largest showrooms in the whole country, covering 70,000 square feet. The Perth Porsche Centre would involve an additional £5 million investment. A site covering one and a half acres has already been earmarked for the development.
The news shows how much confidence Porsche has in Scotland. Until recently they only had two centres in the whole country. When the Perth Centre is finished there will be four in total and opportunities to create more if demand remains strong.
It is believed that the new centre could provide an impressive £22.4 million in economic output over a ten year period. This would include bringing money into the local economy as people travel to the area to look at vehicles, collect them, and bring them for servicing and repairs. In addition the construction of the facility would create over 140 temporary jobs.
Counsillors are expected to deliver a ruling on whether to grant planning permission over the coming months. If successful, work on the site could begin before the end of the year.
New car centres show just how diverse the motor industry jobs on offer can be. At the Dundee Porsche Centre the company recruited sales staff, vehicle technicians for repair and maintenance, accounts and administration personnel. The roles created at the Perth site will be similar.
At John Gibson Associates we have talked several times about how diverse the career options are in the motor trade and how healthy the industry is in the UK at the moment. The creation of new facilities and jobs showcases both of these effectively. We are happy to provide support for clients who need help with recruitment and can help job seekers find great roles too.
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