Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

  • Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will cut around 1,000 jobs and production at two of its English factories because of a fall in sales caused by uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy, a source told Reuters.

However, in a JLR statement made on Friday, the manufacturer said: '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.

'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'.

Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut 1,000 agency staff from its workforce because of declining sales in its home market.

Around 40,000 people are employed by JLR in the United Kingdom, including 10,000 at its Solihull plant.

Jaguar cars parked in rows at the Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.

New vehicle sales fell 5.7 per cent in the United Kingdom past year amid falling business and consumer confidence. Diesel demand fell by 37.2% last month.

He said: "JLR appears to be especially exposed as over 90 per cent of sales are diesel".

This year has been one of major contrast for JLR.

Jaguar sales were down 26% to the end of March while Land Rover demand dropped 20% during the same period.

The reports come after JLR said in January it would slash production amid Brexit fears and the government's change of heart on diesel cars.

"It's important to recognise that, globally, the firm is still doing very well: it's still investing heavily in new technology, and it's still hiring engineers, apprentices and graduates", he said.

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