First McLaren and Aston Martin, now Bentley is firing too. The British automaker could be ready to cut 1,000 jobs because of the difficulties Coronavirus has produced. For the British luxury automotive, the last 30 days have been a real nightmare. Before Bentley, McLaren and Aston Martin announced cuts.
The first to report the news of Bentley’s staff reduction is the BBC. The cuts would mainly concern the Crewe plant. The company would have sent a letter to each of its 4,200 employees offering economic incentives to those who are willing to resign. The decision, as reported on bbc.com, comes after the “sharp drop in sales caused by Coronavirus”. Adrian Hallmark, CEO of the British car maker, allegedly explained that the virus is not the only cause of the cuts, however, but a factor that has accelerated the intervention.
The reduction in staff that Bentley could be putting in place is not the first for the British automotive sector. In late May, McLaren said it was “severely affected” by the crisis, so it decided that 1,200 of her approximately 4,000 employees will be laid off. Most of these are employed in the UK, and 70 work on the Formula 1 team. Shortly afterwards, it was Aston Martin’s turn. In recent days, Reuters news agency reported that the car manufacturer could be about to reduce its staff to align costs with the contraction in production. The intervention could concern 500 workers, but could also extend to suppliers.
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