Halcrow has announced that it plans to make 269 people redundant across its UK and Ireland operations
Halcrow blames the continuing economic difficulties within the UK, which have led to a reduction in the amount of work being let out as clients come under increasing pressure to constrain their spending.
Halcrow has places 269 staff on a 30-day consultancy, after which individuals affected will be further consulted. A Halcrow spokesperson confirmed that the total number of staff shed was unlikley to exceed 269.
Losses will come at 19 UK and Ireland offices - affecting some 6% of its 4,200 UK and Ireland employees. Halcrow has 8,000 employees around the world.
Cuts will be in the water, power, consulting, transport and corporate services divisions.
A company statement read: “While there is growing discussion in the media, and among economic commentators, that the wider economic situation might be improving, it is Halcrow’s belief that the engineering consultancy sector will continue to see reduced activity, or perhaps even a further deterioration, through 2010 and beyond.
“With this in mind, Halcrow needs to take action to properly balance its resourcing with its current and anticipated work load,” it reads.
“It is extremely regrettable that we have had to go down this route,” said Halcrow’s chief executive Peter Gammie.
“Since the early days of the global economic downturn, we have worked hard to minimise the effect of recession on Halcrow. However, we can no longer sustain current staffing levels. This difficult decision was not made lightly and throughout the consultation period, we will make every possible effort to reduce the number of redundancies and assist where we can with people’s personal arrangements.
“As a business, we remain focused on our long-term well being and on our clients and on their day-to-day requirements for the delivery of their projects,” he said.