Car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today confirmed plans to cut 198 jobs from its UK workforce of around 15,000.
The voluntary redundancies will be sought from its manufacturing plants in Halewood, Merseyside; Castle Bromwich, Birmingham; and Solihull in the West Midlands.
A number of design and engineering plants elsewhere in the UK may also be affected, the company said.
JLR, which is owned by Tata Motors, said the job cuts were not connected to the slump in new car sales.
A spokesman said the reductions are part of the company’s annual budget planning process.
He added the number of jobs being lost is smaller than in previous years.
He said: “Notice has been sent out to all plants that we are seeking 198 voluntary redundancies out of a total workforce of 15,000.
“This is something we have been doing at this time of year for a number of years.
“It is aimed at achieving greater efficiency, particularly in manufacturing.
“It coincides with the annual budget planning process and is usually well subscribed.”
The number of new car sales plunged by 21.2% last month although Jaguar was one of the few premium brands to see an increase. There were 3,608 new registrations last month – 3.56% up on September 2007’s figure.
A total of 4,907 new Land Rovers were registered last month, a year-on-year fall of 49.7%.