Jaguar Land Rover plans to cut 1,000 manufacturing contractor jobs amid falling demand amid anti-diesel sentiment and the pressures of Brexit, it has been claimed.
Output at the Solihull and Castle Bromwich plants will be cut, with staff set to be formally informed of the changes during a meeting on Monday, according to a stement issued by the manufacturer.
ITV News and Reuters were among the media outlets that reported the total number of affected jobs would total around 1,000.
The news comes two months after the brand said it would temporarily reduce production at its Halewood plant later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars.
In a statement issued this afternoon, JLR said: “As is standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally.
“On Monday we will be cascading our 18/19 production plans for the next fiscal year to our workforce.
“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 invest in new products and technologies.
“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.”
Jaguar sales were down 26% to the end of March while Land Rover demand dropped 20% during the same period.