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Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs

Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs Jaguar Land Rover cuts 1000 United Kingdom jobs
Nellie Chapman | 13 April, 2018, 22:37

The cuts are understood to have been triggered by a 26% drop in JLR sales in the United Kingdom in the first three months of 2018.

'We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we are over-proportionally invested in new products and technologies.

Although JLR saw record auto sales in the 12 months to the end of March of 616,309 vehicles worldwide, sales were down 7.8 per cent in March. But while global sales boomed, United Kingdom sales fell 15.8% because of weakening consumer confidence. Solihull is home to the Jaguar XE, the Range Rover, the Land Rover Discovery, and the Range Rover Sport, and now employs more than 10,000 people.

The jobs losses at the site have been restricted to agency workers, with many contracts not being renewed. JLR blamed the continuing uncertainty over diesel for the downturn.

Industry representatives had warned that the impact of "diesel demonstration" - and concerns for the future of the sector following Brexit - could mount pressure on United Kingdom vehicle makers, though brands such as Nissan and Vauxhall both recently committed to continued assembly at their British factories.

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

When asked in March if there could be further production cuts at the carmaker's United Kingdom plants, Mr Speth told Ian King: "It's quite clear that if there's no demand, then we have to adapt our production levels". The vehicle manufacturer, Britain's biggest, will be particularly affected by government plans to hike vehicle excise duty on diesel cars in April - the fuel type 90 per cent of its vehicles are powered by.

"It's unfortunate that in the United Kingdom demand is not there anymore, and the United Kingdom is our home market".

The brand, which is the UK's biggest vehicle maker, will trim production following the sharp fall in diesel demand that contributed to a drop in sales for the British marques past year. The Royal College of Physicians has warned bad air quality could be responsible for 40,000 premature deaths a year.