David Wilson Homes creates hundreds of jobs
A house-building firm is creating hundreds of jobs in Leicestershire as it prepares to build 757 homes across the county.
Bosses at Bardon's David Wilson Homes are looking for 1,500 people in the East Midlands to help build and sell the new properties.
A large proportion of the new jobs, which are sales and office positions, as well as construction jobs, will be based in Leicestershire where the company is building homes at six sites in Quorn, Hinckley, Castle Donington, Ashby and Burbage over the next 12 months.
John Reddington, managing director of the East Midlands division of David Wilson Homes, said: "One of the best ways to boost economic growth and employment is through building projects.
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"A whole range of jobs are created as part of the process and the people who ultimately move into the new housing will also spend their wages locally, which translates into a significant boost for local retailers."
The company said the jobs would be a mixture of temporary and permanent contracts.
It has recently recruited two new people to its land department as it steps up its search for new development sites.
John Turner has been appointed as a land buyer while Gareth Staff has become senior land manager.
Mr Turner, who is 23 and from Newtown Linford, said: "It's great to have secured this position at a company of David Wilson Homes' stature. I am looking forward to getting involved with the acquisition of new sites for future projects."
Mr Reddington said: "We're obviously delighted to have more hands on deck to help us acquire land for the division."
The developer said it had homes for sale at 10 sites in the county.
They range from one to four-bedroom properties.
Buyers are now able to take advantage of 95 per cent mortgages again following the launch of the Government's NewBuy scheme. Mr Lacey said: "It means that first time buyers and existing homeowners, who were previously unable to make their move on the property ladder, could now buy a new home from us with a deposit of just £5,000."
In 2007, David Wilson Homes was bought by Barratt, the UK's largest house builder, after being sold by construction tycoon David Wilson.
Barratt, also based in Bardon, has more than doubled profits this year.