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Huge Iraq contracts for Amec fail to translate into jobs

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AMEC'S workload in Iraq is showing no signs of picking up with the contractor needing to fill just 20 jobs out there this year.

The firm won a series of lucrative contracts along with US joint venture partner Fluor last year to help rebuild the country.

Amec's share alone was worth $780 million.

But Amec has warned that any significant returns are a long way off because of the ongoing security problems which have escalated in the country ahead of this Sunday's elections.

Amec has given applicants a closing date of December 31 2005 for its latest positions. Around 150 Amec and Fluor staff are already working there.

Among the new jobs up for grabs, which have been posted on the company's website, are a materials manager, a warehousing manager and a senior project information manager.

An Amec spokesman said: 'These are the jobs we need to fill this year.That's it for the moment but any more that come up will depend upon how the work programme develops.'

Last September finance director Stuart Siddall said profits from its work in Iraq for 2004 would be less than £10 million when it publishes annual figures on March 10.