Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

592 - 800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 January 2013
Employment effect (start)
11 January 2013
Foreseen end date
31 January 2013


Honda has announced plans to cut 800 jobs in Swindon because of declining demand across Europe. It blamed lowered demand for cars in Europe for its move and stated that demand had declined by one million cars in the past year. The company has entered a 90-day consultation period and aims to avoid forced redundancies.

Honda employs 3,500 people at the Swindon plant. Only last year, it hired an additional 500 people there (see here). There is no indication when the job cuts will be implemented by.

Updated, 03/05/13 Honda stated that the actual number of achieved job losses was smaller than originally announced. There were a total of 592 job losses, 554 implemented via voluntary means and only 38 through compulsory redundancies, which was regarded as a significant development by trade unions. The company also announced that 188 of vacant posts would not be filled as part of the restructuring.


  • 11 January 2013: BBC News
  • 3 May 2013: BBC News


Eurofound (2013), Honda, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 74758, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74758.