BAE Systems Plans cut of 1,000 jobs around the UK
10 September 10
Defence group BAE Systems has announced that it plans to cut up to 1,000 jobs at five sites. The company said that the cuts were needed as a result of the UK defence programme changes, together with unspecified workload changes.
It said the cuts were a result of changes in the defence programme announced in December, together with "other workload changes". The job cuts will be spread across BAE operations in Brough, Chadderton, Farnborough, Samlesbury and Warton. Most of the ootential job losses are in manufacturing, engineering and associated support functions.
Kevin Taylor, managing director of BAE’s Military Air Solutions (MAS) division, said: "We have today initiated consultation regarding potential job losses across the Military Air Solutions business, affecting the Brough, Chadderton, Farnborough, Samlesbury and Warton sites. The company said there could be 212 job losses at Brough, in East Yorkshire, associated with a reduction in workload, mainly on the Hawk programme and 26 job losses at Chadderton, Manchester, because of a reduction in workload in the large aircraft business. A further 55 job losses are expected within the Harrier team at Farnborough, Hampshire, and 149 jobs are set to go at Samlesbury in Lancashire. In Warton, Lancashire, 298 jobs are set to be cut. A further 206 cuts are planned at BAE’s Systems Integrated System Technologies.
The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions warned the outcome of the forthcoming strategic defence and security review and the cuts being demanded by the treasury meant "worrying prospects" for the defence industry.