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Laing O'Rourke to cut 200 jobs

Laing O’Rourke is set to axe 200 jobs in its back office and regional network.

The contractor has kicked off a consultation with staff over the job cuts, which it said would help it win and deliver more work.

In a statement this morning, the firm added that the move would help it “establish a more competitive business structure across its UK operation, ensuring its project delivery teams are supported by a leaner and more operationally-focused functional overhead”.

The statement continued: “It is likely that the proposals will result in a reduction in the number of employee roles in its support functions and a streamlining of its regional office networks. The company may therefore have to make circa 200 redundancies.”

The cuts come after Laing O’Rourke last month revealed plans to sell its profitable Australian arm as part of a strategic review of its businesses. In its latest set of financial results for the year to March 2015, Laing O’Rourke revealed a £53m loss, citing “cost inflation and delays” on UK contracts.

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