A source close to the plan said that the cuts, which are part of a $3 billion (around £2.3bn) cost-cutting scheme, aims to maximise its profits and correct a fall in its stock price.
Only salaried workers in the USA and Asia would be affected.
Ford has around 200,000 employees worldwide, half of which are in the USA. Of those, 30,000 positions are salaried which means job cuts could amount to 3000.
The car maker also has around 25,000 employees in Asia, but there are no figures on how many of these are salaried.
Ford told Reuters that it remains "focused on the three strategic priorities that will create value and drive profitable growth, which include fortifying the profit pillars in our core business, transforming traditionally underperforming areas of our core business and investing aggressively, but prudently, in emerging opportunities. Reducing costs and becoming as lean and efficient as possible also remain part of that work. We have not announced any new people efficiency actions, nor do we comment on speculation”.
When Autocar asked Ford UK whether British or European jobs could be affected, it replied with the same response.
After seemingly appeasing US president Donald Trump last year with the cancellation of a proposed $1.7bn Mexico-based factory and the announcement of a $700 million investment into a plant in Michigan, US, the move could anger the famously nationalistic Republican president. Prior to his inauguration, Trump crusaded against the outsourcing of America’s car industry to Mexico.
Ford also recently called into question the future of its investments in its UK plants ahead of Brexit negotiations and stated its desire for a transition agreement if trade agreements can’t be reached within two years. In 2016, Ford knocked £81m off of its £181m investment in its engine plant in Bridgend, Wales.