Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

  • Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Jaguar Land Rover will announce on Monday that it will not be renewing 1,000 agency contract workers at its plant in Solihull, West Midlands.

The company said in a statement that "continuing headwinds" have forced it to make "adjustments to production schedules and the number of agency staff".

It said it was continuing to recruit large numbers of engineers and apprentices and it remained committed to its United Kingdom plants.

'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'.

JLR employs 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, with 10,000 of the workforce based at Solihull. Jaguar's sales, meanwhile, have plummeted by over 26 per cent. JLR sold a record 621,109 vehicles worldwide in 2017, up 6.5% from a year earlier.

The automotive industry has warned of the impact of Brexit and a fall in demand for diesel cars amid concern over emissions.

But while global sales boomed, United Kingdom sales fell 15.8% because of weakening consumer confidence.

An insider told Reuters that auto production at the company's factories in Solihull and Castle Bromwich would be cut, resulting in 1,000 agency workers losing their jobs. The vehicle manufacturer, Britain's biggest, will be particularly affected by government plans to hike vehicle excise duty on diesel cars in April - the fuel type 90 per cent of its vehicles are powered by.

More than 90 per cent of its United Kingdom sales are diesels. The ruling left millions of drivers questioning how they would travel to work and school if there was a ban and wondering what to do with vehicles likely to plunge in value.