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Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1000 jobs' in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1000 jobs' in Solihull

JLR added that it is continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as it continues to invest in new products and technologies.

The luxury carmaker said the "review" of its production schedules is being undertaken to ensure market demand is balanced globally and that it will lay out its 2018-19 production plans to the workforce on Monday.

"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", JLR added.

Production will be cut at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull sites, with affected staff based at Solihull.

While Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is yet to confirm the exact number of jobs to be lost, some reports indicate that around 1,000 temporary workers are likely to be hit.

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Longstanding effects of the ongoing diesel emissions scandal, which include the raising of tax on diesel cars, has driven down demand for diesel cars so that they now represent just 33.5% of the new auto market - a 10.5% decrease on previous year. It now has around 40,000 employees, 10,000 of which are located at its manufacturing plant in Solihull.

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.

Some staff roles will also be moved from Castle Bromwich to Solihull.

When asked in March if there could be further production cuts at the carmaker's United Kingdom plants, Mr Speth told Ian King: "It's quite clear that if there's no demand, then we have to adapt our production levels".

Despite strong worldwide sales, industry figures showed UK Jaguar sales down 26 per cent on past year in the first three months, with Land Rover down a fifth. 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'.