Fears for thousands of JLR jobs in New Year.
JAGUAR Land Rover could cut thousands of jobs in the New Year as it tries to save billions of pounds, national newspaper reports have claimed.
The car maker has already cut some jobs as it copes with uncertainty over Brexit, the future of diesel cars and falling sales in China.
In September, Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Ralf Speth warned that a no-deal Brexit could put thousands of jobs in the UK motor industry at risk.
In October, the company said it needed to make another PS2.5 billion in savings after market conditions, "particularly those in China", had worsened.
Now reports claim JLR will announce in January that up to 5,000 jobs will go across its UK plants.
The company employs 40,000 people in the UK, mostly in the West Midlands.
Jobs have also gone this year at the company's Solihull plant.
JLR said: "Jaguar Land Rover notes media speculation about the potential impact of its ongoing charge and accelerate transformation programmes.
"As announced when we published our second-quarter results, these programmes aim to deliver PS2.5 billion of cost, cash and profit improvements over the next two years.
"Jaguar Land Rover does not comment on rumours concerning any part of these plans." A Unite spokesperson said: "The Government's demonisation of diesel, its botched handling of Brexit and economic global uncertainty has seriously dented the hard work of Britain's car workers in making their industry the jewel in the UK's manufacturing crown. Unite will continue to press the car maker for assurances over the jobs and skills of our members who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to make the company the global success story it is today."