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Atkins cuts 210 staff in Middle East

Atkins has announced 210 redundancies in its Middle East building design operations in reaction to the worsening economic climate.

The company’s Dubai office is in consultation with 170 staff while the Manila office, which serves the Middle East, is in consultation with 40 staff.

A spokesperson said: “Roles will be made redundant in those parts of the Group which are experiencing increasing uncertainty and worsening market conditions. Our Middle East building design business has been heavily affected as projects have been deferred while infrastructure and urban planning remain strong.

He added that the company expected other parts of the business to be affect as the economic situation worsened.

The company has also delayed its annual pay review due in April until October.

The company’s Middle East operation employs around 3,000 staff, 2,000 of which work in Dubai.

Half year results to 30 September showed revenues of £82 million against an operating profit of £9 million.

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