Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it will be cutting 200 jobs as production of the Discovery model moves to Slovakia.
Additionally, several hundred more staff will leave the Lode Lane factory in Solihull as a result of the production of the Discovery model moving to Slovakia.
The company also said that the Christmas shutdown at its engine plant in Wolverhampton will now last three weeks – instead of just one week – for a third of the staff there.
A spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover said the company is ‘continuing to invest’ in the UK but that they need to take ‘decisive actions to safeguard long-term success’.
They added: “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.
“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. In response to adjustments in vehicle production schedules, the EMC will take a temporary pause in production in its machine and assembly halls. Maintenance and salaried staff will continue as normal and those impacted continue to receive full pay for this period.”