DHL to cut 130 jobs at Jaguar Land Rover - The Solihull Observer

DHL to cut 130 jobs at Jaguar Land Rover

Solihull Editorial 22nd May, 2019 Updated: 22nd May, 2019   0

MORE THAN 130 agency staff at Jaguar Land Rover are being cut.

The cull will affect salaried DHL staff across all sites, including Lode Lane in Solihull, Castle Bromwich, Gaydon and Ryton-On-Dunsmore.

This news come after the car company, with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, announced a £3.6bn annual loss.

Around 135 salaried jobs will by axed by DHL Supply Chain and 24 jobs from the company’s UK freight team, according to DHL.

JLR announced plans to cut 4,500 of its workforce to make £2.5 billion in cost savings.

The UK workforce at JLR is about 40,000, the majority of which is based in the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire region.

DHL Supply Chain is thought to employ around 800 people across the sites and carries out deliveries between them.

JLR has repeatedly spoken of problems including diesel taxation, Brexit uncertainty and falling demand in China.

A spokesperson for DHL Supply Chain said: “As part of our contractual renewal process and recognising the need for productivity improvements and in the face of challenging trading conditions in the automotive sector, we have reviewed the UK linefeed and freight operations service provided to Jaguar Land Rover.

“Regrettably, as a result of this review, we have identified the need to reduce our salaried linefeed headcount by approximately 135 people and the UK freight team by 24.

“Our EU freight organisation is unaffected by these proposals.

“We have communicated this news to potentially affected staff and will shortly enter into consultation with the company and their representatives to discuss their options.

“During this time every effort will be made to redeploy colleagues to other DHL operations and we are confident of reducing the number at risk.

“We would like to thank staff for their understanding at this difficult time and stress that the proposed changes are being made for strategic reasons and in no way reflect on the performance of the UK operation.”

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