Jobs boost for Rolls-Royce as 800 staff added in Derby

Engine maker Rolls-Royce has added an extra 800 people to its Derby workforce in the 12 months to October 2011.

The Derby-based firm told the BBC some of the jobs were moves within the company, but many were new apprentices and graduates.

The company received billions of pounds of orders in the last 12 months and delivered its 1,000th Trent 700 engine.

Ian Jackson, an aerospace industry expert, said it was "great news for the local economy".

He added: "It also will increase the supplier base which is located throughout the EU and UK.

"I would imagine for every job Rolls-Royce produces there are four or five extra jobs in the supply chain."

Economy boost

A Rolls-Royce spokesperson said: "As we have grown, we have recruited more skilled people to Derby from inside and outside the company."

Rolls-Royce's Derby plants specialise in civil aerospace, marine and nuclear energy technology.

The company received orders worth more than $1bn (£640m) for aircraft engines at the Dubai Air Show in November 2011.

Derby North MP Chris Williamson said it was a much-needed boost to the local economy after a year in which Bombardier, Egg and Celanese announced thousands of job losses in Derby between them.

"While everywhere else seems to be struggling... it is absolutely great news that Rolls-Royce continue to do well."

He added: "It is a great antidote to all the gloom and doom we are seeing in almost every other sector."

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