Jaguar Land Rover confirms plan to cut 2,000 non-factory jobs worldwide

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 18 Feb 2021

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that it will cut 2,000 non-factory jobs from its global workforce in the next year, as part of its ongoing restructuring drive.

The job losses, first reported by Sky News, will come from the British firm’s global salaried workforce. While Jaguar Land Rover has not given any details on the roles being cut, it said the moves will not impact hourly paid manufacturing employees.

In a statement issued to Reuters, Jaguar Land Rover said: “The full review of the Jaguar Land Rover organisation is already underway. We anticipate a net reduction of around 2000 people from our global salaried workforce in the next financial year.”

The moves are related to the struggling firm’s ongoing cost-cutting and restructuring drive, called Project Charge+, through which the firm is aiming to save £2.5 billion (Rs 22,647 crore).

The new comes shortly after Jaguar Land Rover, owned by the India’s Tata Motors, announced its radical new ‘Reimagine’ plan devised by new boss Thierry Bolloré. Under that plan Jaguar will be turned into an electric-only luxury brand, while Land Rover will launch six new electric variants in the next five years. The firm is aiming to become a net-zero carbon emitter by 2039.

As part of that plan, Bolloré committed to keeping all its UK facilities open, although the Castle Bromwich plant is likely to stop being used for car production.

Jaguar Land Rover has made a series of staff reductions in recent years, cutting 1,000 jobs in 2018 and 4,500 in 2019.

James Attwood, Autocar UK

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