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Hill International sees wave of job losses

High-profile departures and redundancies have taken place in several offices around the world at claims and cost specialist Hill International.

Job losses and resignations have occurred in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia as the company restructures after recent acquisitions and comes to terms with loses on Libyan contracts.

CN revealed last Friday that several London staff in the project and cost management department were given notice by email.

Hill International vice-president of marketing and corporate communications in the US John Paolin said the UK redundancies were caused by the need to “put Libyan operations on hold”.

President and chief operating officer David Richter said the company had “made several redundancies recently as we integrated the Sydney-based McLachlan Lister… into Hill’s Australian operations”.

However, he said that the company ran nearly 100 offices worldwide and was at a record 3,100 professional staff.

Hill International vice-president and managing director UK project management Eric Butterworth was among the staff given notice on 30 June.

Forty-six people in his division had lost their jobs since the start of the year, he said.

In Hong Kong, the company has seen the departure of Keith Pickavance, who is now working freelance. This was followed by
the resignation of office chief Alan Capps.

Singapore director Matthew Wills also resigned this week, following the departure of John Lancaster, also a director at Hill International, Singapore.


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