Last year, Ford revealed that it planned on cutting 3,000 salaried positions in the U.S., Canada, and India following comments by CEO Jim Farley regarding the fact that the automaker was overstaffed in a number of areas – including at the engineering level. As Ford Authority reported last month, that wasn’t the last bit of culling The Blue Oval has in store, as it has also been mulling job cuts in Europe as it transitions to EVs in that particular market – with many coming from the Cologne Assembly plant in Germany, which is currently being converted for EV production. FoMoCo has been negotiating these reductions with European unions for weeks, and now, it has officially announced that it will slash 3,800 jobs in that part of the world.
Around 2,800 of these job cuts will come from Ford’s European engineering department, driven by the reduced complexity presented by the transition to electric vehicles. That process is expected to be completed by 2025, at which time the automaker will maintain an engineering staff of roughly 3,400 that focus on vehicle design, development, and connected services. Ford will also implement a leaner cost structure for its administrative, marketing, sales, and distribution functions, trimming 1,000 jobs from those areas as well.
In terms of geographical locations, around 1,700 product development and 600 administrative jobs will be cut in Germany, along with 1,000 and 300, respectively, in the UK, and roughly 100 of each from other parts of Europe.
“These are difficult decisions, not taken lightly. We recognize the uncertainty it creates for our team, and I assure them we will be offering them our full support in the months ahead,” said Martin Sander, General Manager of Ford Model e in Europe. “We will engage in consultations with our social partners so we can move forward together on building a thriving future for our business in Europe.”
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