Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs, says source

Confusion over diesel policy and Brexit has contributed to fall in sales

 The assembly line at the Jaguar Land Rover facility in Solihull, England. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

The assembly line at the Jaguar Land Rover facility in Solihull, England. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

 

Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will cut around 1,000 jobs and production at two of its English factories due to uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy leading to a fall in sales, a source told Reuters.

Output will be cut at its central English Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants, affecting some 1,000 agency workers, the source said.

The firm is due to make a formal announcement on Monday, although that could change, according to the source. “It’s been obvious to everyone that sales have been dropping,” the source said.

In January the firm said it would temporarily reduce production at its other British plant of Halewood later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars ,but did not detail any job losses.

Jaguar sales are down 26 per cent so far this year, while Land Rover demand dropped 20 per cent in its home market as buyers shun diesel over concerns at planned tax rises and possible bans and restrictions in several countries. – Reuters