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Arup to axe up to 600 UK jobs

Arup has confirmed that up to 600 of its 3,888 UK staff are facing redundancy as a result of falling workload.

A 90 day consultation period with the staff affected began yesterday.

Arup said that while it would endeavour to redeploy staff within the firm where possible, it anticipated that these staff reductions may affect up to 600 employees.

Groups that are part of the consultation include staff across Arup in the UK.

Arup said the decision was a difficult one, but essential because of the economic uncertainty.

“Arup - like any responsible business - 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.

“Like many other businesses, we have been affected by the weak market, as well as expected and current cuts in government expenditure.

“Our people are our greatest asset and it is with regret that the very difficult decision has been taken to implement a programme of redundancies, with a 90 day consultation beginning on 6 September.”

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 – independently. Each of Arup’s employees receives a share of the firm’s operating profit each year.

Readers' comments (7)

  • "When we come across a really good man, grab him, even if we have no immediate use for him, and then see to it that he stays with us.", Sir Ove Arup

    After the first round of redundancies all remaining Arup employees received a share of the profit and a salary rise, surely these should have been considering before axing people, especially if the company believes in Sir Ove Arups speech.

    Hopefully, this has been remedied this time round.

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  • I think Arup are a great firm and it’s a real shame to see them effected by the UK's economic afflictions - but it’s happening to all of us.

    However, the world is a big place and there are engineering opportunities elsewhere.

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  • it would be useful if this article and similar ones could indicate in which sectors of the business the roles will be lost because various sectors are at different stages of entering/exiting recession

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  • This question was asked and the reply was that it is unknown at the this stage which sectors would be affected but that the consultation would determine where and at what level redundancies would be made across the business. <br/>Antony Oliver

  • I was seconded to Arup for 4 years by the channel tunnel consortium in the late 90's

    With various projects and employers [8 to date] - Arup are my 1st employer of choice. A regretable but essential outcome of change.
    RJG

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  • Around 15.47% staff reduction which is a bit i would say regrettable to see so many, i believe valuable staff working on the revolutionary front of the engineering technology. Have you thought about there future and the future of the engineering in the UK? what are other alternative for them? Do they carry out doing there jobs some where else, this is very sad times.

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  • I am saddened to see how literacy of engineers seems to have declined since my days in the UK (1952 -68). We used to take pride in our spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and elegance of phrase in everything we wrote in those days.

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  • Bill Addington

    This just goes to show that no firm is immune to the effects of the current recession, however proficient they may be. My only advice to those facing redundancy is to seek opportunities overseas where fortunately economies do not look so bleak and British engineers are still in great demand.

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