JLR to cut Solihull jobs

Jaguar Land Rover to cut jobs and production – and to blame Brexit

Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1000 temp workers

JAGUAR Land Rover will cut production and not renew the contracts of around 1,000 temporary workers at its Solihull plant, a source has told the Press Association.

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

"On Monday we will be cascading our 2018/19 production plans for the next fiscal year to our workforce".

"We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we are over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies". The jobs will be lost from the Solihull and Castle Bromwich factory sites.

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

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The job cuts are expected largely at Solihull in the West Midlands region of England, with mostly agency staff not having their contracts renewed.

Those cuts were made at its Halewood plant in Merseyside.

The move comes days after JLR reported a rise in sales over the past 12 months, despite weaker conditions in the United Kingdom and Europe. 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.

Aston University auto manufacturing expert Professor David Bailey said the potential job losses were not a surprise as sales suffer due to confusion around the future of diesel cars and consumers reining in spending on big-ticket items.

Jaguar sales are down 26 per cent so far this year whilst Land Rover demand dropped 20 per cent in its home market as buyers shun diesel, concerned over planned tax rises and possible bans and restrictions in several countries.

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