BAE Systems announces jobs losses

BAE Systems has announced redundancy programmes for 584 engineering and manufacturing jobs across its Woodford and Brough sites.

At the Woodford site, 134 jobs are to go from a shared service team of engineers, known as Engineering Internal Supply. BAE Systems said in a statement that the workload for the engineering team makes the current staffing level unsustainable, resulting in the redundancy announcement.

It added that there is no opportunity for significant transfer of engineering work packages to the site, despite the good reputation of the Woodford team, and that at this stage the exercise is confined to the Engineering Internal Supply population at Woodford. It does not affect those involved on the Nimrod MRA4 programme, who are focussed on meeting aircraft deliveries.

BAE Systems has also announced a requirement for 450 redundancies from their Brough site in east Yorkshire. The areas impacted include engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing and business Support.

The company said this announcement reflects the need to ensure resource levels at the site are in line with future business demands and that, despite identifying a number of additional work packages, they are not sufficient to sustain the current number of jobs.

BAE Systems stated that a transition plan is being developed to retain critical capabilities at Brough, both to preserve Hawk’s position as a leader in the market place and to position the site as a provider of advanced engineering and manufacturing services for a range of air sector programmes. The transition plan will provide an opportunity to create longer-term stability for the site and reduces dependency on Hawk.