Jaguar Land Rover is to axe between 300 and 400 jobs as the global economic downturn takes its toll on the luxury carmaker’s sales.
The Indian-owned company said it asking for volunteers for redundancy predominantly among manufacturing workers at its three vehicle assembly sites, Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Lode Lane in Solihull and Halewood on Merseyside.
Some jobs may also go at the company’s two engineering centres at Whitely in Coventry and Gaydon in Warwickshire.
The redundancies are on top of the 198 job losses that JLR announced recently as part of its “annual efficiency drive”.
Some shifts have been scrapped at the three plants and shutdowns have been extended as the company cuts output of vehicles in the teeth of a sales slump that has hit virtually every carmaker in Europe and the US.
JLR chief executive David Smith said: “While regretable, this is a necessary action to manage our business through a very challenging period.”