Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1000 contract staff

Lloyd Doyle
April 16, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover is reviewing its production schedule and is reportedly looking to slash 1,000 jobs as it looks to steer itself within hard conditions that are prevalent for carmakers.

The company say they're responding to the "continuing headwinds impacting the vehicle industry". We are, however, continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies, including the latest plug-in hybrid options for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that are now being delivered to customers from Solihull.

In January, the firm said it would temporarily reduce production at another British plant, at Halewood. These jobs will go at the Solihull.

The luxury carmaker said the "review" of its production schedules is being undertaken to ensure market demand is balanced globally and that it will lay out its 2018-19 production plans to the workforce on Monday.

Britain's biggest vehicle manufacturer employs 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, of whom a quarter work at the Solihull plant.

Commenting on JLR's decision, Professor of industry, David Bailey, from Aston University, said: "With the big turn against diesel engines, Jaguar Land Rover is particularly exposed as more than 90 per cent of its United Kingdom sales are diesels". They're also blaming a general decline in vehicle sales after Brexit.

Jaguar's XE and XF are understood to have been hit most heavily, although nearly every model has been affected because diesels account for around 90% of JLR's sales.

"JLR has just revealed its full-electric i-Pace model and have indicated offering all-electric or hybrid variants of all their models by around 2021, but they have been far too slow compared with Tesla and BMW". Recent figures from the trade body showed sales of diesels fell a whopping 37 per cent in March compared with the previous year.

New auto sales fell by 5.7% in the United Kingdom a year ago amid falling business and consumer confidence.

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