Volkswagen has cut just over 7,800 jobs in Germany since the beginning of the year as part of wider plans to axe a total of 20,000 posts, the car maker's human resources chief was reported to have said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday.

"7,835 employees have left the group this year, 3,648 from Wolfsburg," Horst Neumann told the local daily Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

He reportedly said 5,873 employees had taken voluntary redundancy and 1,962 had taken early retirement.

VW has announced plans to slash 20,000 jobs at its German factories over the next three years and recently also said it planned to axe 3,500-4,000 jobs at its Belgian factory, AFP noted.