Toyota Manufacturing UK announced the measures at its UK car-making operations would also include a voluntary severance program for staff at its plants near Derby, in central England, and Deeside, in north Wales.
Toyota was considering introducing a shorter working week for reduced pay or temporarily suspending staff, although it had not made any final decisions and was continuing talks with unions.
The harsh measures come in response to a 20 per cent fall in production as a result of the lowered demand caused by the global economic downturn.
Toyota, which makes its Avensis (Camry/Aurion) and Auris (Corolla) models in the UK employs 3870 people at the two plants. No fixed date has been agreed on when things will return to normal.