Jaguar and Ford to cut thousands of jobs
Jaguar Land Rover plans to eliminate 4,500 jobs worldwide as the UK’s biggest car-maker responds to a sales slowdown caused by Brexit, flagging demand for diesel-powered vehicles and a downturn in China.
The layoffs, representing roughly 10 per cent the company’s workforce, come on top of the 1,500 people who left in 2018, the company said yesterday in a statement.
The move is part of a £2.5 billion (€2.7 billion) push announced last year to reduce costs and boost cash flow through 2020.
“We are taking decisive action to help deliver long-term growth in the face of multiple geopolitical and regulatory disruptions as well as technology challenges facing the automotive industry,” chief executive Ralf Speth said in the statement.
The measures were aimed at “safeguarding our future”.
The cuts at Jaguar come on the same day that Ford said it would cut thousands of jobs in Europe as it tries to turn around a region that has been a drag on earnings for years.
Jaguar, owned by India’s Tata Motors , employed more than 43,000 people during the 2018 financial year.
In June the company said it would move production of the Discovery sport utility vehicle (SUV) to Slovakia from Birmingham to make room for future electric cars. The company has said that move will cost 1,200 jobs.– Bloomberg