Jaguar Land Rover axes agency staff

Indian-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has announced that hundreds of IT and engineering agency workers are to lose their jobs.

The 850 staff at plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, Whitley, and Gaydon, all in the West Midlands, will be laid off by the end of the year. The company is also seeking 600 voluntary redundancies amid production cutbacks.

Based at Gaydon in Warwickshire, the firm was bought from Ford by Tata in March for £1.15 billion. It employs 16,000 staff at plants in the West Midlands and at Halewood, Merseyside.

A company statement said: "Global car-market conditions remain severe. We have to take responsible and rapid action to ensure our business is aligned and right-sized for the challenging environment we face.

"Already, we have taken a series of actions for this purpose, which have impacted on our full-time and temporary employees in our manufacturing plants and, while these are difficult decisions, we must turn our attention to agency employees in our staff areas as well.

"It is essential we protect the position of our own full-time employees as far as possible and ensure the future strength of our business."

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