Car manufacture Jaguar Land Rover, which currently employs 3,200 people at Castle Bromwich and 10,000 at Solihill, has announced that it will not be renewing contracts for around 1,000 agency staff at its Solihull plant.

Jaguar Land Rover has released the following statement:  “As is standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally.

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 over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies, including the latest plug-in hybrid options for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that are now being delivered to customers from Solihull.

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 sales have fallen 26% so far this year and Land Rover dropped 20% which has been a set back for Tata Group which owns JLR.

Jack Dromey, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington, said: “Jaguar Land Rover is the jewel in the crown of British manufacturing. It has gone from strength to strength in recent years, transforming the lives of thousands of local workers. Now, grave uncertainty overhangs the company.

Ministers have badly mishandled Brexit, threatening the vital European market for JLR, and the transition from diesel. Irresponsible comments, by Michael Gove in particular, have given the wrong impression and have seen a 37% collapse in the sale of diesel cars. A ‘just’ transition from diesel is essential but the government needs to get it right, playing a full part in that process.”