Consultant Atkins this week admitted it is having to make redundancies within its highways and transportation business because of impending public sector spending cuts.
The consultant is the largest in the UK overall, and individually for rail and for highways, according to figures in NCE’s Consultants File 2010.
The firm is also the second largest employer of civil and structural staff in the UK, with numbers at 6,800 last year
“We are in discussion with colleagues in our highways & transportation business following anticipated public sector spending cuts on transportation projects,” said a spokesman. “The uncertainty of the impact of UK public spending cuts continues and we are prepared for a period of tighter government spending.”
The government is set to conduct its spending review in October but has intimated that cuts to the transport budget could run as deep as 40%.
“We continue to work with our clients to understand and work through the impact of any cuts they have to make,” added the spokesman.” It is our policy not to comment on details of individual clients’ contracts or discussions with our colleagues.”
However, a source close to the firm said reports that up to 600 jobs were under threat were exaggerated.