Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Halcrow set to cut 270 jobs

Consultant Halcrow is set to cut almost 270 jobs across the UK and Ireland as its struggles with "continuing economic difficulties".

The firm has started a 30-day consultation period with staff due to declining workloads.

A company statement said: “While there is growing discussion in the media, and among economic commentators, that the wider economic situation might be improving, it is Halcrow’s belief that the engineering consultancy sector will continue to see reduced activity, or perhaps even a further deterioration, through 2010 and beyond. With this in mind, Halcrow needs to take action to properly balance its resourcing with its current and anticipated work load.”

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.


Halcrow set to cut 270 jobs


“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.”

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