Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Andrew Cummings
April 13, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will not renew the contracts of around 1000 agency workers at its Solihull plant due to industry challenges caused by falling diesel vehicle sales.

Solihull and the nearby Castle Bromwich site are expected to be hit by production cuts.

The company is not renewing the contracts of several agency staff and will be informing staff of plans for the next financial year on Monday.

Jaguar Land Rover would not confirm the number of jobs to be lost but said the changes would largely see agency staff not having their contracts renewed.

The latest set of cuts come in the wake of a weak United Kingdom market, with Jaguar sales down 26% so far this year, compared with last year, while demand for Land Rovers in Britain is down 20%.

'We also remain committed to our United Kingdom plants in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models'.

Many attribute the slump in sales to confusion over the Government's stance on diesel cars, the newspaper says, along with uncertainty over the effects of Brexit on the new vehicle market. It now has around 40,000 employees, 10,000 of which are located at its manufacturing plant in Solihull.

In January the firm announced it would temporarily cut production at its factory in Halewood, Merseyside.

A source told new agency Reuters that 1,000 roles would be slashed as part of the moves.

Sales of the Jaguar brand are reported to be down 26 per cent in 2018, with Land Rover suffering a 20 per cent drop.

Dom Tribe, automotive sector specialist at management consultancy Vendigital, said: 'This decision by Jaguar Land Rover is a further sign of ongoing uncertainty in the automotive industry.

The backlash against diesel and the Volkswagen emissions scandal that helped fuel it have impacted JLR sales.

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