ALMOST 200 jobs are to go at Jaguar Land Rover it has been revealed.
The jobs will be shed as part of a voluntary redundancy programme across the company's three manufacturing sites in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood.
The company said the cost-cutting exercise was not a knee-jerk reaction to the current economic crisis or falling car sales generally.
Rather that it was the latest phase of a voluntary redundancy scheme that has been operating for several years.
Spokesman Don Hume said: "It is a small redundancy programme and it affects 198 staff across manufacturing sites. It affects hourly paid employees and is part of the company's ongoing drive to improve efficiency."
Workers opting for redundancy are set to receive a nine-month lump sum based on salary and those over 60 will be entitled to a full pension.
The redundancies are expected towards the end of next month and Jaguar Land Rover said it was not planning any compulsory cuts.
As the global economic crisis deepens Jaguar Land Rover has been hit hard, particularly by a slump in sales of luxury 4x4s.
The company recently announced measures limiting production of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles at Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood.