Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs amid Brexit, diesel concerns

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs amid Brexit, diesel concerns

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 jobs amid Brexit, diesel concerns

It is not renewing the contracts of a number of agency staff at the Solihull site and would be informing staff on Monday of its plans for the 2018-19 financial year.

An insider told Reuters that vehicle production at the company's factories in Solihull and Castle Bromwich would be cut, resulting in 1,000 agency workers losing their jobs.

JLR added that it is continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as it continues to invest in new products and technologies.

'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'.

The jobs losses at the site have been restricted to agency workers, with many contracts not being renewed.

A source told new agency Reuters that 1,000 roles would be slashed as part of the moves
A source told new agency Reuters that 1,000 roles would be slashed as part of the moves

Following a review of planned volumes, we are planning to make some temporary adjustments to the production schedule at Halewood in Q2.

"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.

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. Diesel cars make up around 90 per cent of JLR's production output in the United Kingdom and the company is behind the curve with regards to bringing hybrid and all-electric alternatives to market'.

The knock-on effects of the referendum in favour of Britain's exit from the European Union in June, 2016 and a hike in diesel taxation have hit the auto industry hard in the UK.

Jaguar sales have so far fallen by 26 per cent in the first three months of 2018, while Land Rover registrations in the United Kingdom are down 20 per cent.

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