Jaguar Land Rover: 4500 jobs to go in shake-up

Staff gather outside the Jaguar Land Rover site in Halewood Knowsley Merseyside. The luxury carmaker which employs 44,000 workers in the UK at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands is givi

Staff gather outside the Jaguar Land Rover site in Halewood Knowsley Merseyside. The luxury carmaker which employs 44,000 workers in the UK at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands is givi

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is expected to cut 5,000 jobs from its 44,000-strong work force amid slowing demand for the carmaker in China and fears over Brexit uncertainty, according to reports.

The plant - which the E&S understands is still likely to see jobs go - makes diesel and petrol engines for most JLR models.

A spokesman for the union Unite said: "Unite is not aware of any further job losses to those already announced and planned for early in the new year at Jaguar Land Rover, Unite also expects ongoing transparency regarding the hard current climate the automotive sector is operating in the United Kingdom and its impact with the company".

The cost-cutting plan was first unveiled in October previous year and put down to losses created by Brexit uncertainty and slowing demand in China.

Earlier this month it was reported United Kingdom new auto sales in 2018 fell at their fastest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago, hit by the collapse in demand for diesel, as the industry body warned of the existential threat to the sector posed by Brexit.

But despite the bleak outlook JLR moved to commit to long-term investment in the region, announcing that its next generation of drive units for electric vehicles will be built at Wolverhampton's i54 site.

In the darkest day for the British automotive industry since the collapse of Rover Group 14 years ago with the loss of 6,000 jobs in Birmingham, Jaguar Land Rover said it had to take "decisive action" to secure the long-term future of the company.

JLR employs 44,000 workers in the United Kingdom at sites in Halewood on Merseyside and Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

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Trade tensions between the United States and China have made Chinese consumers more cautious.

Brexit has made the future of the UK's vehicle manufacturing industry uncertain, with Toyota and Vauxhall among those to warn of negative impacts in the event of a hard Brexit.

"One of the disadvantages of membership of the European Union is that it uses our money to move our jobs from the United Kingdom to other European Union countries".

Ninety percent of its vehicles are diesel-powered, although it has been investing in new electric and hybrid vehicles.

The automaker said it would start off by offering voluntary redundancies to United Kingdom workers. "This is in addition to the 1,500 who left the company during 2018", Tata Motors said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

A Ford spokesman said the vehicle maker now assumes that any Brexit deal would keep tariff-free trade between Britain and Europe.

Britain's business minister Greg Clark said on Thursday it is clear why a no-deal Brexit would add to the problems with further costs and disruption. In China it has increased its workforce by 4,000 since 2014. Production workers won't be affected, the automaker confirmed. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we are building on those world beating strengths and investing in the future to put the United Kingdom at the forefront of the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles.

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