Two thousand jobs may be lost at BAE Systems

BAE Systems has confirmed that around two thousands jobs may be lost following a review of future business and operations. The bulk of the proposed job loses will take place at Warton and Samlesbury plants in Lancashire, at Brough in East Yorkshire and at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

In a statement the company said:

“The company is today announcing proposed reductions to its Military Air and Information and Maritime Services workforce to align capacity more closely with current and expected orders”.

Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive, BAE Systems plc, said:

“BAE Systems is a world leader in technology, advanced manufacturing and engineering and our diverse portfolio provides a strong platform for future growth. The organisational changes we are announcing today accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology. These actions will further strengthen our company as we deliver our strategy in a changing environment.

Separately, we are also announcing actions at some of our UK sites to align our workforce capacity more closely with near-term demand and enhance our competitive position to secure new business. Those actions are necessary and the right thing to do for our company, but unfortunately include proposed redundancies at a number of operations. I recognise this will be difficult news for some of our employees and we are committed to do everything we can to support those affected”.