Brexit: Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 contract jobs

Darnell Taylor
April 13, 2018

The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018-19.

The company, which employs 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, will move some workers from its factory at nearby Castle Bromwich to fill gaps left by the cuts at Solihull.

In January the firm announced it would temporarily cut production at its factory in Halewood, Merseyside.

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.

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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.

But while worldwide sales boomed, United Kingdom sales fell 15.8% because of weakening consumer confidence. "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". Since the start of the year sales have gone into reverse, with demand for Jaguars down 26pc, and Land Rover off 20pc. Diesel accounts for around 90% of JLR's United Kingdom sales.

"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. In March the market share of diesel dropped to 32.4 per cent, although petrol upped its share to 62.5 per cent.

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