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TfL reviewing 1,800 engineering roles


Up to 1,799 engineering jobs at Transport for London (TfL) are under threat as part of the body’s continuing cost-cutting drive, New Civil Engineer has learned.

In January, TfL announced that 6,000 roles across its organisation were being reviewed as part of a cost reduction programme which it hopes will save £809M by the end of 2017/18.

Of the 6,000 roles at risk, almost one third are engineering jobs, according to TfL’s response to a Freedom of Information request. Affected departments include London Underground, engineering, surface divisions and major projects.

TfL said it was trying to “mitigate redundancies” and “retain key talent during this period of change”. A consultation with trade unions began in November.

The 2018/19 financial year is the first in which TfL will operate without a central government grant. This grant had been around £700M annually but had been tapering off since cuts were announced in 2015. TfL is also facing a deficit of almost £1bn for 2018/19, but it expects to have an operating surplus of £78M by 2021 following its cost cutting exercise.

In November rail union RMT claimed TfL was looking to cut 1,400 jobs, although TfL disputed these figures.

A TfL spokesperson said: “We are undertaking the largest ever overhaul of our organisation to provide the most efficient and cost effective transport service for Londoners. We have already reduced management layers and bureaucracy and merged functions in other areas to eliminate duplication and reliance on expensive agency staff.

“Over the next few months we will be consulting on further plans in a number of other managerial, support and other non-frontline areas across TfL and London Underground. None of this will compromise safety, which will always remain our top priority.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Philip Alexander

    And the ICE and probably those fools in government wonder why young people don't want to become engineers. The jobs market has been feast and famine ever since I graduated and started work in 1968. The government announces big infrastructure investment, the lead in time for A level students to go to Uni and graduate is about 5-6 years by which time they've run out of money again. Why don't we have a proper National Infrastructure investment strategy and yearly plans which are agreed and signed up to by all the major parties to take it off the political table? Investment in infrastructure is too much of a political football and is actually too important to be left to stupid politicians.

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