Jaguar Land Rover expected to cut up to 5,000 jobs

Jaguar Land Rover expected to cut up to 5,000 jobs

17th Dec 2018 1:49 pm

Media publication reports that the British firm could see heavy job losses as part of major cost-cutting measures.

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According to a report in the Financial Times media publication, Jaguar Land Rover will announce that it will cut up to 5,000 jobs early next year as part of a major cost-cutting programme.

The job losses will be part of a £2.5 billion turnaround plan the British firm is set to outline in January. JLR has been hit by falling demand for sedans and diesel engines, and posted a loss of £90 million in the third quarter of 2018. The company said that sharply falling sales in China were the key reason for the loss.

While Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth announced the 18-month cost-cutting plan when those financial results were announced in October, no specifics were given on what they involved.

According to the report, up to 5,000 job losses are planned. In a statement, the firm said: "Jaguar Land Rover notes media speculation about the potential impact of its ongoing Charge and Accelerate transformation programmes. As announced when we published our second quarter results, these programmes aim to deliver £2.5 billion of cost, cash and profit improvements over the next two years. Jaguar Land Rover does not comment on rumours concerning any part of these plans."

JLR currently employs around 40,000 people in the UK and has already cut 1,000 job at its Solihull plant – which it recently shut for two weeks – and is currently operating a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich facility, which makes its sedans.

The reports highlight the uncertainty facing JLR, and beyond the cost-cutting plan the company is also attempting to determine its long-term future. Our sister publication, Autocar UK, has previously reported that this could include the radical step of turning Jaguar into an EV-only brand.

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