EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

DHL Supply Chain

DHL Supply Chain

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
49.41 - Freight transport by road
Number Employed: 40000
Group: DPDHL Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 2200
Planned Job Reductions max: 2200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

DHL Supply Chain, the global contract logistics firm is planning to cut 2,200 jobs from its workforce providing logistics services to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plants in the UK. The proposed job cuts are expected to affect both directly employed and agency staff.

A representative of DHL Supply Chain said the restructure was prompted by the 'unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic', which had caused difficulties for the automotive sector globally. A spokesperson for JLR emphasised the aim of the restructure was to guarantee the long-term sustainability of their business.

A representative of the trade union Unite said many of the redundancies were unrelated to the reduction in the volume of car production and added that JLR had 'a moral duty to ensure that workers are treated fairly' during the restructuring process.

JLR has plants across the United Kingdom, including in Halewood and Solihull. The news about the current restructure comes just weeks after the announcement that 1,000 agency jobs were at risk at JLR in the UK.