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Up to 700 jobs at risk as Scottish contractor WJ Harte goes into administration

Scottish contractor WJ Harte has gone into administration, putting up to 700 jobs at risk.

The firm has carried out civil engineering and geotechnical projects throughout Scotland since 1974 and in 2008 had a record year with a civil engineering turnover of £91M. But work dried up and last year’s entry into NCE’s Contractors File recorded a civils turnover of just £43M, ranking it 33rd.

Construction union UCATT said it was seeking “urgent answers” concerning the future of workers at WJ Harte. Up to 700 jobs could go should no buyer be found.

“It’s extremely disappointing to hear that WJ Harte is facing such difficulties threatening hundreds of jobs. We hope that a buyer can be found and jobs preserved. UCATT is seeking a meeting with the administrators to establish what the future holds for our members,” said UCATT regional secretary Harry Frew.


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