Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs at Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs at Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs at Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to cut 1,000 manufacturing contractor jobs as a result of falling demand amid anti-diesel sentiment and the pressures of Brexit, it has been claimed.

The UK's biggest carmaker blamed the "continuing headwinds" affecting the vehicle industry for the move.

While JLR has neither confirmed nor denied the job losses, a company spokesperson told the news site that the auto firm would be making "some adjustments" to its production schedules and the levels of agency staff.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said recruitment of apprentices and engineers in the United Kingdom would continue and that it remained committed to its United Kingdom plants. Solihull and the nearby Castle Bromwich site are expected to be hit by production cuts.

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Earlier this year the carmaker said it would cut production because of Brexit uncertainty and changes to taxes on diesel cars - the United Kingdom has increased the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rate for diesel cars by one band in the first year.

"We also remain committed to our United Kingdom plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models". There are 3,200 people employed at the Castle Bromwich site and a further 10,000 at Solihull.

Earlier this year, it said it would cut production amid uncertainty over Brexit and changes to taxes on diesel cars.

The firm's Jaguar sales are down 26% so far in 2018 compared to 2017, while Land Rover sales have dropped 20%.

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The brand, which is the UK's biggest vehicle maker, will trim production following the sharp fall in diesel demand that contributed to a drop in sales for the British marques previous year.

"Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe", the company said in January.

JLR employs some 40,000 people in total making it the UK's biggest vehicle manufacturer in terms of both output and heads.

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

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