Aston Martin is considering reducing its staff to working a three-day week and a further 300 jobs could be cut as the luxury marque faces up the economic downturn.
Sources close to the company claim the V8 production line would go down to one day a week and the DB9 and DBS to two days a week.
Staff have also been asked to take an extended ‘holiday’ over the New Year and will not now return to work until January 19. Last year the company announced it was cutting 600 jobs from its Gaydon plant despite celebrating the second most successful 12 months in its 90-year history.
The loss of 300 permanent and 300 temporary jobs – around a third of its workforce – followed a period of sustained success, selling a record 7,300 units in 2007 – its best year ever.