The car manufacturer has already announced it is to cut 1,000 agency jobs – the job losses come as a direct result of the production movement for the Discovery model, moving it to Slovakia at the end of the year. Alexander Wortberg, the Slovakian factory boss, said the factory would be turning out 100,000 cars a year in the new plant by 2020.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), showed that UK car production declined for the fifth consecutive month in October. Jaguar Land Rover’s China sales halved in September, and the company plans to send staff at its Wolverhampton plant home for Christmas early.
A spokesperson for JLR said: “Today, we have confirmed that Solihull will make some changes to its production schedule to reflect fluctuating demand globally and forthcoming infrastructure works resulting from the cessation of Discovery which will move, as already confirmed, to Slovakia early in the new year. Customer orders will not be impacted by any of these changes.
“The external environment remains challenging and the company is taking decisive actions to achieve the necessary operational efficiencies to safeguard long-term success. To deliver a growing range of electrified cars for our customers we are making tough decisions, but the transformation of the business relies on this.”