Job Losses At Jaguar Land Rover In Solihull

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

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

The UK's biggest carmaker confirmed it is making adjustments due to "continuing headwinds impacting the vehicle industry".

JLR employs 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, with 10,000 of the workforce based at Solihull.

The company is not renewing the contracts of several agency staff and will be informing staff of plans for the next financial year on Monday.

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

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.

Speaking to Sky's Ian King in March, chief executive Ralf Speth had said: "The economy is weaker in the United Kingdom than in any other European country but it's also quite clear that the diesel discussion, additional taxes on the latest technology have created a reaction in the consumer base".

"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".

The Lode Lane plant in Solihull is the current production site for volume-selling models including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar F-Pace SUV.

That was 2.3 per cent fewer than in 2016.

A source told new agency Reuters that 1,000 roles would be slashed as part of the moves. As an industry in which investment is heavily reliant on forward planning, industry bodies have been lobbying extensively for greater clarity around a Brexit trade deal. Many of them are based at the Solihull facility. JLR blamed the continuing uncertainty over diesel for the downturn.

The company sold 614,309 vehicles in the year to 31 March 2018, up 1.7 per cent on 2017.

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