Jaguar Land Rover is to cut 1,000 jobs at its site in Solihull, citing a fall in diesel vehicle sales, the company has confirmed.
The jobs losses at the site have been restricted to agency workers, with many contracts not being renewed. Production levels at the site, which currently builds models such as the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery, will be reduced as a result.
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In a statement JLR said: “In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff. We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we are over-proportionally investing in new products and technologies.”
Year to date, Land Rover’s sales have slumped by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year. Jaguar’s sales, meanwhile, have plummeted by over 26 per cent. In March the market share of diesel dropped to 32.4 per cent, although petrol upped its share to 62.5 per cent.
Despite the job losses the company went on to say: “We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.”
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