BAE to 'cut more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Oct 2017

Britain’s biggest defence contractor BAE Systems, who employ more than 950 staff at their Brough site, is reportedly planning to cut more than 1,000 jobs.

Sky News reports the company, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and Britain’s nuclear submarines, will make the cuts due to a slowdown in the production of the Typhoon fighter planes.

They report that many of the job losses will affect BAE’s Wharton manufacturing plant near Preston, Lancashire, but that other locations will also be affected.

BAE employs 34,600 people in the UK, nearly half of its 83,000-strong global workforce.

The entrance to BAE's Brough plant

The Brough site suffered the loss of more than 500 jobs in 2013 after the company ended the production of Hawk training aircraft at the East Yorkshire site.

However the company has continued to produce components for aircrafts in Brough, using the site to research and develop software systems for military aircraft.

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BAE did not confirm the job cuts but said in a statement that employees will be informed if and when changes are proposed.

A BAE Spokesman said: “BAE Systems continually reviews its operations to make sure we are performing as effectively and efficiently as possible, delivering our commitments to existing customers and ensuring we are best placed to secure future business.

“If and when there are any changes proposed we are committed to communicating with our employees and their representatives first.”

In August the company reported an 11 per cent rise in half-year underlying profits to £945m, suggesting that it would on track to meet its full year target.

BAE Systems apprentices at Brough

BAE remains the third biggest defence manufacturer in the world, with export markets including the US, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

It is reported that the decision to axe manufacturing jobs is not related to the Brexit vote.

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It would be the first major move made by BAE’s chief executive Charles Woodburn, who took over role in July.

According to Sky, Woodburn said in August: “We obviously have to review our [Typhoon] production demand very carefully. We are confident that we will win further Typhoon orders, what we can’t be confident around is the timing.”

Sky News say the latest round of redundancies is expected to be made public on Tuesday, although this could be brought forward following the early disclosure.

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