Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1.000 UK jobs due to uncertainty
Jaguar Land Rover (JRL) is to cut 1.000 jobs in the United Kingdom due to uncertainty about the Brexit and the future of the diesel engine, a company spokesman confirmed on Monday after Sky News broke the news.
Continuing contrary winds
“Due to the continuing contrary winds the automotive sector gets we’re making some adjustments to production plans and the number of temporary staff”, the car maker says. “At the same time we want to hire more highly qualified engineers and school-leavers.”
5.000 extra jobs?
In June of last year British media like the Sunday Telegraph were speculating that Jaguar Land Rover would plan to create 5.000 extra jobs. Since the purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover by the Indian group Tata, both brands of the British car maker have been more successful than ever.
Jaguar’s worldwide sales have increased by 77 % with 148.730 cars sold in 2016. For Land Rover, progression was slightly slower, but still substantial with 434.582 vehicles sold in 2016, or an 8 % increase.
Hunting down Tesla
But in 2017 sales on the British home market declined, as did the whole car sales market in Britain with the uncertainty of Brexit and the bashing of the diesel engine to blame.
Jaguar on the other hand is the first of the ‘classic brands’ starting to hunt down Tesla from this year on with its fully electric i-Pace, while Land Rover is successfully pushing its plug-in hybrid SUVs.