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Car firm cuts 850 agency workers

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The firm said the agency jobs would go by the end of the year

About 850 agency workers are to lose their jobs at Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

The IT and engineering staff at plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, Whitley, and Gaydon have been told their jobs will go by the end of the year.

The firm said global car market conditions were severe and "it had to take responsible and rapid action for the challenging environment it faces".

It previously announced 600 jobs would go in a voluntary redundancy scheme.

The firm, which went to a four-day week in August, has said it faced "unprecedented trading conditions" amid reports it was seeking a 1bn loan from the government.

The announcement comes as senior figures from the UK's car and construction industries are to meet ministers to appeal for government assistance.

The firm, which has its HQ at Gaydon, was bought from Ford by Indian motor giant Tata in March for 1.15bn.

It employs about 16,000 staff at plants in the West Midlands and at Halewood, Merseyside.

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