Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs at Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs at Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover, the biggest carmaker in Britain, is planning to cut around 1,000 jobs and production at two if its factories in England, as reported by Reuters, due to a reduction in sales as a result of Brexit certainty and confusion over diesel policy.

"In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the auto industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff", the company said in a statement.

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

The company stressed it remains committed to its United Kingdom plants, having invested more than 4 billion pounds 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.

This change is happening because output at Castle Bromwich, which builds Jaguar models, has fallen as demand for new cars has fallen.

While Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is yet to confirm the exact number of jobs to be lost, some reports indicate that around 1,000 temporary workers are likely to be hit. Diesel demand fell by 37.2% last month. Jaguar's sales, meanwhile, have plummeted by over 26 per cent.

This year has been one of major contrast for JLR.

Jaguar sales are down 26% so far this year, compared with last year, while demand for Land Rovers in the United Kingdom is down 20%.

"It's been obvious to everyone that sales have been dropping", the source said. Globally the firm is still doing very well.

"This is desperately bad news for all those affected and a worrying sign of how the deep uncertainty around Brexit is continuing to damage Britain's economic performance", said Peter Kyle MP, a member of the pro-Remain, Open Britain campaign, condemning the government's decision to rule out single market and customs union membership.

"But there is no getting away from the impact that the Government's diesel tax late past year has had, sowing extra confusion among drivers who are holding off on replacing diesels".

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