Halcrow has announced plans to shed up to 269 jobs across its 19 UK and Ireland offices due to a reduction in work caused by the current economic climate
The company estimates that the engineering consultancy sector will continue to see reduced activity and even further deterioration through 2010 and beyond.
As a result the consultant is aiming to reduce its 4,200-strong UK and Ireland workforce by 6 per cent.
Halcrow chief executive Peter Gammie said: “It is extremely regrettable that we have had to go down this route. Since the early days of the global economic downturn, we have worked hard to minimise the effect of recession on Halcrow.
“However, we can no longer sustain current staffing levels. This difficult decision was not made lightly and throughout the consultation period, we will make every possible effort to reduce the number of redundancies and assist where we can with people’s personal arrangements.
“As a business, we remain focused on our long-term well being and on our clients and on their day-to-day requirements for the delivery of their projects.”