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Atkins to make 92 redundancies in UK

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Atkins is to make 92 redundancies across its infrastructure business.

Staff were put on consultation notice at an internal meeting yesterday, with email confirmation sent this morning.

The redundancies are to be made across the different job roles in the UK offices.

Atkins said the move was not linked to its recent £2.1bn takeover by Canadian consultant SNC Lavalin. The deal will be finally completed on Monday.

An Atkins spokesperson said: “We continually assess our UK markets and are now seeing increasing uncertainty and more challenging conditions. Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we have had to take the difficult decision to make 92 roles redundant in our UK Infrastructure division’s building design practice.

“This is not connected to the SNCL takeover and we will seek to redeploy as many people as possible to other roles.”

Figures from Atkins’ annual statement for the year to 31 March 2017, showed underlying profit before tax up 18.4% to £164.6M compared to the year before. In the UK and Europe it also reported a 9.9% operating margin.

The move may come as a surprise as the annual statement also said the infrastructure market remained ‘well-funded’ with investment continuing to enjoy Government support. It also said the ‘economic environment and social policy, such as development of the Northern Powerhouse and ongoing development of major cities, offer significant opportunities’.

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