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Laing O’Rourke is proposing to make up to 150 job cuts from its UK workforce.
The redundancies are most likely to fall within the contractor’s
support services and main offices, although jobs in other parts of the business
could also be affected. It plans a collective consultation with a number of
staff based at its Dartford head office.
The news was announced at a business briefing delivered as a
live webinar to its Europe Hub staff this morning.
Josh Murray, group director, human capital, said: “In March we moved quickly to protect our business from the pandemic, and since then, have been open with our people that our priority was to return projects to full productivity, and reinstate everyone’s full pay and benefits as quickly as possible.
“That’s been achieved, and we are making good progress on
site, but unfortunately, we will still have to make changes that
impact around 150 roles, to help us manage costs in the current market while
still investing in our strategic plans.
“The resilience we’ve built into our business over recent
years has served us well, but we now must rebuild these buffers on the back of covid-19.
“In the current difficult market conditions, with a range of
new requirements on the business as a result of the crisis, and with the
possibility of further shocks, we simply cannot afford to do everything the
same way we had planned.
“We have done everything we can to limit the impact on our
people, which is why we first brought all staff back from furlough and restored
everyone’s pay and entitlements to pre-covid levels. Today we’ve taken the
necessary step to inform staff that we are developing proposals
that may require 150 current roles to go between now and October.”
Laing O’Rourke employs 8,000 people in the UK.