Around 1000 more Barratt workers are set for the axe as the firm battles against the slump in the housing sector.
The Newcastle-based group told staff this morning that it was beginning a one month consultancy programme on an office-by-office, region-by-region basis about potential job cuts.
The firm will drop from 32 divisions to 24 with the closure of outposts in Sheffield and Chester, while eight further operations will be merged together into four new business units.
David Wilson Homes Northern will join up with Barratt Leeds, Barratt East Midlands will merge with David Wilson Homes North Midlands, the David Wilson and Barratt offices in Southampton will be pushed together while Barratt’s north and east Scotland business will become a single entity.
A spokesman for the firm said: “As you would expect in the current market we need to manage overheads. We are the only major house builder to have our financial year end in June and as such it is a natural time to consider the shape of the business, but our priority is to make sure that the core skills that we have are retained in the business”.
The firm has already gone through two previous rounds of office closures following the purchase last year of Wilson Bowden. Atthe time of the sale nine divisons were dropped, while Barratt got rid of three more at the end of 2007.