International design and engineering firm Arup has made 15 per cent of UK staff redundant following a restructuring process.
A company statement said: “Following the consultation which ended on 4 December 2010, we have reduced around 670 roles of all types in the UK. Of these, 280 permanent roles are being made redundant, a much lower figure than anticipated, and 230 temporary and agency contracts have been ended. Eighty-six people who have left the firm have not been replaced.”
The company said it had also shifted over 70 people from its UK operation to overseas offices.
The statement added: “International mobility is important to us as a firm, and this reflects our desire to promote mobility even during the most challenging of times.
An insider told CN the final number of redundancies was not as high as many had feared after new UK boss Robert Care initially announced the restructuring.
He said: “The mood has definitely been better since we came back from the Christmas break because there is more work around.”