Jaguar Land Rover to cut United Kingdom workforce

Jaguar Land Rover to cut jobs and production – and to blame Brexit

Jaguar sales have fallen 26% so far this year and Land Rover dropped 20%.

The company said in the statement that it's continuing to recruit large numbers of engineers, graduates and apprentices as it invests in new products and technologies, and remains committed to United Kingdom plants in which it has spent more than 4 billion pounds since 2010. But while worldwide sales boomed, United Kingdom sales fell 15.8% because of weakening consumer confidence.

The Solihull plant employs around 10,000 people, including 2,000 contract workers.

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The jobs losses at the site have been restricted to agency workers, with many contracts not being renewed.

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 auto makers, though brands such as Nissan and Vauxhall both recently committed to continued assembly at their British factories. JLR blamed the continuing uncertainty over diesel for the downturn.

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.

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Those cuts were made at its Halewood plant in Merseyside. Diesel cars make up around 90 per cent of JLR's production output in the United Kingdom and the company is behind the curve with regards to bringing hybrid and all-electric alternatives to market'.

The UK government has said it will ban sales of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 to improve air quality and public health.

"The demonization of diesel is now having very real consequences for the United Kingdom vehicle industry, which is key to Britain's growth". Scotland is aiming for 2032 as its cutoff date.

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