JLR recovery complicates low demand for Jaguar sedansOctober 15, 2020
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has a large number of employees still on leave in line with the UK government’s job retention plan.
JLR was forced to suspend production back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing many of its workers to be laid off. Now, even though most of the automaker’s factories are operating at near-pre-pandemic levels, problems are brewing in other areas as well.
The Castle Bromwich plant, which builds the XE, XF and F-Type models, is reportedly still not fully operational. From the looks of it, JLR is slated to produce 11,000 units for the fiscal year ending March 2021 – about 4,000 F-Type, 3,500 XE and 3,500 XF. Fewer than 300 XEs will be produced every month until the end of 2020, although the number is expected to increase as the updated version goes on sale. For comparison, the company produced 35,000 vehicles last year.
Following the completion of the government’s plan to lay off workers, the company is implementing a very small targeted voluntary layoff program for some executives and salaried employees currently on leave, JLR reports, cutting 100 to 200 jobs. This is a smart move given the challenges the auto industry is facing, as the manufacturer provides these employees with the opportunity to explore new opportunities outside the company.
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