Japanese car giant Honda has achieved its target of cutting hundreds of jobs at its UK site mainly through voluntary redundancy.
Honda said at the start of the year it needed to cut 800 jobs at the Swindon factory because of a downturn in the European market and company figures released today showed there have been just 38 compulsory redundancies, all non-production, office roles.
A total of 525 workers have taken a voluntary redundancy package, and a further 200 vacant roles were no longer required as a result of a restructure of Honda's Swindon operation.
Director Kim Ballamy says: "We've worked hard with associate representatives, individuals and trade unions to minimise the impact on associates and their families.
"Through this consultation process and by streamlining our manufacturing operations we've listened and responded in as positive a way as possible. It's always difficult to lose good people, however, I believe this is a good outcome given the challenge we faced.
“In the markets, we do expect Europe to remain tough for a least another two years. By taking these actions we are ensuring Honda in Swindon is structured and manned to meet the challenging period ahead".
Around 3,000 workers are now based at Swindon, building the Civic, Jazz and CR-V at a rate of just under 600 cars per day for the UK and European markets.