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Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1000 contract staff

Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1000 contract staff

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to cut 1,000 manufacturing contractor jobs as a result of falling demand amid anti-diesel sentiment and the pressures of Brexit, it has been claimed.

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.

While the company did not release a figure, the United Kingdom press, including Reuters, reported up to 1,000 jobs would be shed and production would be cut at its Solihuall and Castle Bromwich plants.

"With JLR's United Kingdom production facilities exporting around 75% of its vehicles and importing many parts from the European Union, this action is in part an effort to help mitigate potentially-costly tariffs, which could significantly damage its bottom line".

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"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 United Kingdom plants in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models'.

Latest employee figures say there are 3,200 people employed at the Castle Bromwich site and a further 10,000 at Solihull.

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JLR was expected to announce the cuts on Monday, with Brexit and confusion over diesel cars again being cited as the chief reasons for the changes.

The knock-on effects of the referendum in favour of Britain's exit from the European Union in June, 2016 and a hike in diesel taxation have hit the auto industry hard in the UK.

Sales of new Jaguar cars between January and March fell by 26 per cent compared with the same period a year ago, while demand for new Land Rovers dropped by 20 per cent.

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