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Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs at Solihull plant

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ITV News has learned that Jaguar Land Rover will not be renewing the temporary contracts of 1,000 agency staff at Solihull.

The firm is cutting car production because they are selling fewer diesels. They're also blaming a general decline in car sales after Brexit.

The company say they're responding to the "continuing headwinds impacting the car industry."

It will announce its plans for 2018/19 to its workforce on Monday.

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New car sales fell by 5.7% in the UK last year amid falling business and consumer confidence.

As is standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally.

On Monday we will be cascading our 18/19 production plans for the next fiscal year to our workforce.

In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff. We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we are over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies. We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.

– Jaguar Land Rover