Jaguar Land Rover cuts 4,500 jobs as sales fall

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Staff at the Jaguar Land Rover site in Halewood on Merseyside, which employs 4,200 people Staff at the Jaguar Land Rover site in Halewood on Merseyside, which employs 4,200 peoplePETER BYRNE/PA

The Jaguar Land Rover workforce is to be cut by 6,000, or 15 per cent, with a decision yesterday to axe a further 4,500 jobs this year.

It came as Ford warned that more than 7,000 engine and gearbox manufacturing and development jobs were under threat after the American manufacturer said it was shaking up its European operations.

In the darkest day for the British automotive industry since the collapse of Rover Group 14 years ago with the loss of 6,000 jobs in Birmingham, Jaguar Land Rover said it had to take “decisive action” to secure the long-term future of the company.

Britain’s largest carmaker, which at the start of last year employed 40,000 around the country, said 1,500 workers had left by the end…

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