Jaguar Land Rover to shed 1,000 temp workers

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that the contracts of 1,000 temporary workers in the UK will not be renewed, according to BBC News.

The auto giant has cited ‘continuing headwinds’ impacting the car industry for the decision. The jobs will be lost from the Solihull and Castle Bromwich factory sites.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said recruitment of apprentices and engineers in the UK would continue and that it remained committed to its UK plants. Earlier in 2018 JLR cut production at the Halewood, Merseyside plant, citing Brexit uncertainty and the dwindling market for diesel cars.

JLR employs 40,000 people in the UK, with 10,000 of the workforce based at Solihull. The firm’s Jaguar sales are down 26% so far in 2018 compared to 2017, while Land Rover sales have dropped 20%.

In the overall UK car market, diesel registrations have dropped by around one third in a year. JLR acknowledged that the current market is ‘tough.’