Brexit: Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1000 contract jobs

Ruben Fields
April 15, 2018

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

JLR is the largest auto manufacturer in the United Kingdom, according to BBC News.

The UK's biggest carmaker, owned by India's Tata Motors, blamed "continuing headwinds" affecting the vehicle industry.

While JLR has neither confirmed nor denied the job losses, a company spokesperson told the news site that the vehicle firm would be making "some adjustments" to its production schedules and the levels of agency staff.

'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. JLR employs 40,000 people in the UK.

New vehicle sales fell 5.7 per cent in the United Kingdom in 2017 - the first decline in registrations for six years.

"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".

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The announcement will fuel debate on the impact of Brexit on industry, after the company pointed to the uncertainty around leaving the European Union, alongside the challenges facing diesel, when announcing the "temporary adjustments" to its production schedules at Halewood (home to the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport) in January.

Sales of the Jaguar brand are reported to be down 26 per cent in 2018, with Land Rover suffering a 20 per cent drop.

A source told new agency Reuters that 1,000 roles would be slashed as part of the moves.

"Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe", the company said in January. The cars would have evaded tax amounting to more than three million Kenya shillings if they had been cleared as mattresses.

Overall UK demand for new diesel cars plunged 37 per cent in March.

He said: "JLR appears to be especially exposed as over 90 per cent of sales are diesel".

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