Ford Motor Company this morning told employees its plan to cut 1,400 salaried positions, mostly across North America and Asia Pacific, in an effort to cut costs and bolster profitability even as the industry enters a downturn.
Cut employees will come from communication, corporate staffing, finance, government affairs, marketing, purchasing, and sales, according to the Detroit Free Press. Globally, these departments consist of about 15,000 employees between all affected markets; earlier reports that Ford would cut roughly 10 percent of its salaried employees worldwide ought were only sort of true, with a big *asterisk.
*The number of salaried positions Ford will cut amounts to approximately 10 percent of its total workforce between all affected departments and markets. Unaffected departments include information technology (which is “already restructuring to keep up with” Ford’s mobility transformation), data and analytics (still forming), manufacturing (which is tied to production levels), and product development, as well as those who work for Ford Motor Credit Company.
Regions that will not see their workforces slashed include Europe and South America, where restructuring has already occurred in recent years, as well as Africa and the Middle East.
Ford said in a statement that it remains focused on its plan to transform underperforming areas of its core business as it pours resources into drivetrain electrification, mobility services, and autonomous cars. “Reducing costs and becoming as lean and efficient as possible also remain part of that work, including plans to reduce 10 percent of our salaried costs and personnel levels in North America and Asia Pacific this year, using voluntary packages,” the automaker said.
Ford will offer early retirement and special separation packages to employees eligible for voluntary reduction through the end of September, the Free Press reports.