Arup has confirmed that 670 of its 3,888 UK staff have been made redundant.
The decision follows a 90 day consultancy period that began in September last year, when 600 employees were identified as being at risk (NCE 9 September 2010).This closed on on 4 December 2010.
Arup said the decision to make more redundancies than originally feared was mitigated by the fact that only 280 permanent jobs will be lost. Another 86 people who have left the firm have not been replaced and 70 have been moved abroad.
“International mobility is important to us as a firm, and this reflects our desire to promote mobility even during the most challenging of times,” said the company in a statement.
Arup is a wholly-independent organisation, and is owned in trust for the benefit of its employees and their dependents. With no shareholders or external investors, the firm is able to determine its own direction as a business, and set its own priorities. In September the firm said the decision to cut staff was a difficult one, but essential because of the economic uncertainty.
“Arup needs to ensure its long-term business health, which means that it is essential that we match our resources to our current and anticipated workload,” it said.