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.