This week it has been reported by the BBC, that BMW is planning on axing around 400 jobs at the Mini factory in Oxford which currently produces the new Mini E all electric car. The employees in question are not employed directly by BMW however, out of the total 4000 people working at the Oxford factory, 950 are employed by the Gi Group, a third party agency and the cuts will be made on factors such as length of service and skill sets.

BMW is also going to be running the factory for less time in the day, with a three shift pattern and moving to a two shift pattern come October this year. This will mean the number of cars produced in a day will drop from the current 1,000 to between 800 and 900.