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Balfour Beatty cuts 60 Parsons Brinckerhoff jobs

Balfour Beatty plans to cut around 60 jobs from the UK operations of its consultant subsidiary Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Balfour Beatty paid £381M for the then US-owned consultant in October 2009 (NCE 29 October 2009). Since then the UK and Europe business has largely been run independently.

Balfour Beatty said it was reorganising Parsons Brinckerhoff’s UK public sector and regional infrastructure businesses following a detailed review. The reorganisation is “designed to align the resources of the business to better meet the current market conditions and opportunities,” said Balfour Beatty.

It said around 60 jobs in the 650-strong UK infrastructure business were likely to go.

‘Smaller but stronger’

“A consultation process is scheduled to take place with a number of employees, resulting in the infrastructure business emerging as a slightly smaller but even stronger business,” it said in a statement.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler warned in March that the company intended to increase its margins by using Parsons Brinckerhoff staff more efficienly.

“After a year of integration we should lift our margin from a historic level of 4.5% to 6%,” he said, adding that this would come through “improved staff utilisation, cost savings, better integration with the group, and the leveraging of Parson Brinckerhoff’s capability” (NCE 10 March).

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